Picks and Pans Review: Stars
Sylvester is one of the few solo male singers to make a name (he dropped his last one, James) in the disco boom. But with his chirping falsetto, he's a special case of whom San Francisco critic Joel Selvin wrote: "Someone less kind might refer to Sylvester as a transvestite soul singer. Actually, he is just a guy who looks better dressed in women's clothing." A onetime gospel singer whose grandmother was the '30s blues star Julia Morgan, Sylvester had a big hit, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), last year en route to winning the Billboard best male disco artist award. None of this album's four tracks, though, is especially intriguing, and even the old Tom Jones wailer I (Who Have Nothing) gets pedestrian treatment. Maybe it's because only half of Sylvester's touring backup group, Two Tons o' Fun, shows up on this LP. Substantial as she is, Martha Wash falls a ton short, and so does the album.
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