Picks and Pans Review: Dance Forever
Ladd's singing arouses the same skepticism as Paul Newman's race-car driving. It seems unethical for someone so good-looking to be talented at anything else. In her second album, though, Ladd fulfills the promise of her debut LP last year. She sings with verve, a keen sense of phrasing and wit. And, aside from a few strained inflections, she doesn't overreach her abilities. She has also commendably avoided the commercial lure of trying for a disco hit. While Dance Forever comes close, her voice, not the percussion, is the focal point, and the other cuts are unechoed, un-drummed-out singing. Ladd does a pleasant job with the Melissa Manchester-Carole Bayer Sager tune Better Days. But the most appealing track is a spoofy verlly Oriental sende '50s hit Teach Me Tonight, with a sax solo by Tom Saviano conjuring up My Special Angel. Men who buy this album will be accused of wanting the cover pictures of Ladd, women of flaunting their self-confidence by buying it in spite of the pictures. In any case, it's worth the money.
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