Picks and Pans Review: Toni Basil

updated 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Toni Basil

The former actress and choreographer proved she has found her niche with her hit Mickey and confirms her place with this follow-up album. It is an invigorating product of the flash-pop school, as stylized and seductive as Benatar at her best. Basil's voice won't make any Metropolitan Opera scouts drool. But she's a song seller who reserves just enough distance from such pounding tunes as Go for the Bum and Street Beat to maintain some credibility since, at 40ish, she's not quite young enough for unbridled adolescent passion. An overtly reggae-like tune, Space Walkin' the Dog by Franne Golde and Richard Wolfe, is probably its most successful, with a bright sound that matches its let's-not-take-this-too-seriously lyric: "I can't take the long and lonely nights/I'd rather be up there with the satellites."

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