Picks and Pans Review: Love Wars

updated 02/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Womack & Womack

While this is Cecil and Linda Womack's first album as a couple, they have plenty of musical history behind them. Cecil, 36, began with a gospel group, the Womack Brothers (brother Bobby is a solo act now). The Womacks turned into the Valentinos and later wrote tunes for such performers as Teddy Pendergrass and Mary Wells. Linda, 30, is the daughter of the late Sam Cooke; she was 14 when Wilson Pickett performed her song I'm in Love, and her material has been recorded by James Taylor, among others. Since she and Cecil married seven years ago, they have written for Blondie and Millie Jackson. Their lyrics on this LP seem a little lazy at times. Express Myself includes the less than scintillating lines, "The more I get, the more I want/It hurts my heart when you're gone." But the Womacks can be bright and sassy, too, as on A.P.B. (All Points Bulletin), in which a man laments that his woman has run off with both his best friend and his credit cards, but "the thing that made me feel so blue/ He bought some mean alligator shoes." As duet singers, the Womacks have a way to go to catch up with the passion and soul of, say, Ashford and Simpson. They're smooth, though, and they're certainly family-oriented; their album credits list, under "background vocals," six other people named Womack. (Elektra)

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