Picks and Pans Review: Why Do Fools Fall in Love
updated 12/14/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/14/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
This is Ross' first album after ending a 20-year relationship with Motown Records, and the revolutionary statement it makes is not musical but financial. After signing a seven-year deal with RCA (reportedly worth $20 million), she produced this first installment herself and took few chances. No insult intended; Ross is still a class act by most standards. But reviving Why Do Fools Fall in Love, with minimal variation on the 1956 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers arrangement, seems a bit retrograde; so does the ghastly disco-exercise song Work That Body (Ross herself and Paul Jabara are responsible for such embarrassing lyrics as "We're still improving/Got these bodies moving"). The theme from Endless Love is on the LP too, but the warmth that composer Lionel Richie added to his No. 1 single version of the tune is lacking. Two Can Make It, on the other hand, is an ideal vehicle for Ross. Upbeat and intimate, it's a reminder that, at 37, Ross all but dominates whole categories of pop music, if only by default.