Picks and Pans Review: Silk Electric

updated 11/22/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/22/1982 01:00AM

Diana Ross

It's hard to imagine a more erratic album. It includes an unconsciously hilarious track, Muscles, in which Ross lusts after beefcake: "I don't care if he's young or old/I just want someone I can hold onto/I want Muscles all over his body." There is also Fool for Your Love, which is about as close as Ross can come to making a heavy metal rock vocal and survive. Then, too, there's a one-minute, 10-second cut called Turn Me Over, written by Ross and Steve Goldstein. It is either a gross sexual reference or nothing at all. On the other hand, there is a quintessential Ross love song, the calm, crystalline Still in Love, written by Randy Handley, and the quicker Anywhere You Run To, by David Roberts, that could pass for an old Supremes hit. This is the sort of herky-jerky record that should lead a performer to fire her producer. Unfortunately, the producer in this case was Diana Ross.

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