Picks and Pans Review: She Works Hard for the Money

updated 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Donna Summer

The credits include "drum programming," and there's enough wham-wham-wham on these tracks to make it clear that we are still talking neo-disco here. Summer manages to get away with it, though, in entertaining fashion. The title song by Donna and producer Michael Omartian was inspired by washroom attendant Onetta Johnson, whom Summer encountered at Chasen's restaurant in Los Angeles. It is infectious, and Donna simmers down nicely for a romantic duet with Matthew Ward, Love Has a Mind of Its Own. The album's lyrics contain only a couple of indirect hints of Summer's born-again faith, though the liner notes include quotes from the books of John and Isaiah. The notes also run on, typically, to encompass, under "Special thanks from Donna:" appreciation to "God—for everything," "household staff: Rosa, Grace, Carlos, Daisy, Susan Gilmore, Bobby Stewart—big thanks and love for keeping the home front warm and sacrificing above and beyond the call of duty;" and "the people who keep me looking good: Pam and the girls at Sa-Hair-ah Salon, Linda Cowan, Helene Oster, Kim Troy." Thank you, too, Donna.

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