In Brief

* * * Keith Washington, "You Make it Easy," Qwest/Warner Bros. Washington is one of R&B;'s most promising new heartthrobs. On his sophomore album, his easy-going demeanor sometimes makes him seem like just another Armani-wearing wanna-be. But he does deliver the goods on such material as "What It Takes," an attention-grabbing torch song. In the Teddy Pendergrass tradition, Washington is a real love-man for the '90s.

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