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Picks and Pans Review: In the Pocket

updated 05/12/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/1980 01:00AM

Neil Sedaka

Sedaka is not exactly a thrilling vocalist, but he is an interesting composer, and his longtime lyricists Phil Cody and Howard Greenfield show signs of wit. In the Pocket is a good case in point, slickly produced and full of melodic hooks. You Better Leave That Girl Alone, for instance, is bouncy, even if Sedaka's near-falsetto "I'm gonna rearrange your face" is less than menacing. Sedaka is joined in a duet by his daughter, Dara, 16, on Should've Never Let You Go. She doesn't damage the tune, though her voice is thin and occasionally off-key. She also shares the writing credits with Daddy on You're So Good for Me. He certainly is, to give her this sort of splashy debut.

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