Picks and Pans Review: Louise Goffin
As the daughter of songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Louise Goffin, 21, wears designer genes to work. But she's also hanging in there on merit. Having leaned on the Knacky-tacky New Wave sound for her '79 debut, Kid Blue, she displays in this 10-tune collection a writing and vocal style of her own. The light rock beat is not frantic but just the stuff to char your bod to on the beach this summer. If there is an occasional aural echo of Mom, Louise sings in a thick Sunset Boulevard accent ("aaahs" for "eyes") the way Elvis Costello snarls in Cockney. One testimonial to Goffin is the classy support she has on this album. Danny Kortchmar produces; Ronstadt/Taylor/Browne sidemen Leland Sklar (bass), Waddy Wachtel (lead guitar) and Dan Dugmore (pedal steel) sit in, and Stevie Nicks contributes her tune if You Ever Did Believe, as well as a back-up vocal on it. Dad Goffin, who now writes lyrics for Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross, among others, pitched in on a couple of songs here that are capable of causing a little locomotion for his growing-up little girl.