Picks and Pans Review: Best Kept Secret

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

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

Sheena Easton

There are still times when Easton's voice, gorgeous instrument that it is, is just too much; it's like a beautiful color that glares so brightly it hurts your eyes to look at it. There's some of that discomforting, blast-away over-singing on this album, in the hit single Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) or Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, for instance. But there are also signs that Easton can exercise control of that powerful larynx, as she does on the up-tempo Devil in a Fast Car and on two quite touching ballads, Just One Smile, one of Randy Newman's rare straight tunes, and Almost Over You, by Jennifer Kimball and Cindy Richardson. On those tracks there are plenty of indications that Easton is capable of vocal subtleties. She shows that she's paying attention to the verbal content of her material. It also shows what a striking singer she already is—and what a wonderfully affecting performer she can become.

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