Picks and Pans Review: Another Breath

updated 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/04/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Ellen Foley

It was as the foil for Meat Loaf on his best-selling Bat Out of Hell that Foley burst on the pop scene in 1976. Since then she has been romantically linked with Mick Jones of the Clash, played bits in the movies The King of Comedy and Tootsie, and recorded three solo LPs, all without attracting the attention she deserves. Her voice, with its wide vibrato, recalls Ronnie (Be My Baby) Spector. A Broadway-trained actress, Foley has a knack for conveying the emotion of a song, whether it's the lovesickness of the old Motown song Come and Get These Memories or the intrigue between Johnny and Mary on Robert Palmer's zesty rocker. She has also grown as a songsmith, collaborating on three of the LP's 10 compositions, which should provide her career with a deserved second wind.

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