Picks and Pans Review: I'm Ready

updated 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Natalie Cole

Cole's comeback album—after a series of problems with drugs and divorce, among other things-is on the unfocused side, which is no wonder. No fewer than four different producers (one of them Natalie's ex, Marvin Yancy) worked on its eight songs. Not that the material was any bargain in the first place. It's full of such lines as "I can see you're unsure of me/And you fantasize/You'll be left alone/While I play around/With another guy" (from Where's Your Angel? by Allee Willis and Greg Phillinganes). Cole's own turn, I'm Your Mirror, is the only really affecting one on the album. She seems in good voice, but it's as if she is stranded somewhere in a disco-funk-soul twilight zone. The LP has the sound of a first album by a talented singer who has not yet forged a distinct musical identity. Cole is much too accomplished to settle for anything like that.

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