Picks and Pans Review: Mistaken Identity

updated 06/08/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1981 01:00AM

Kim Carnes

Catapulting off her duet success with buddy Kenny Rogers last year, Carnes, 34, establishes herself further as a distinctive singer, especially of her own literate, musically compelling songs. Her hit single off this LP, though, is Bette Davis Eyes, written by Donna Weiss and Jackie De Shannon. (Part of the lyric goes, "She'll turn her music on you/You won't have to think twice/She's pure as New York snow/She's got Bette Davis eyes.") There are two fetchingly torchy tunes she wrote on her own, Mistaken Identity and Miss You Tonite, as well as collaborations with others, including husband Dave Ellingson. Comparisons of Carries' voice to Rod Stewart's—and sometimes to Randy Newman's—are irresistible. She may draw some comfort from the fact that soon new young singers who sound as if they need to clear their throats will be described as sounding like Kim Carnes.

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