Picks and Pans Review: Camouflage

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rex Smith

The title is appropriate, since the sometime teen idol's voice is all too often camouflaged behind blasting, overwrought arrangements. Smith, who showed in the theatrical and movie versions of The Pirates of Penzance that he can project an innocent kind of musical appeal and has a serviceable voice, seems on this record to be in constant danger of snapping his vocal cords. Even his Penzance partner Linda Ronstadt is all but drowned out while harmonizing with him on Real Love. The irony is that when his voice surfaces on the tune Tears, he seems in control and is able just to sing, quite attractively, instead of bellow.

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