Picks and Pans Review: Solid Gold
McCoo is the Fifth Dimension alumna who has become the Dorothy Collins of her era as co-hostess of the syndicated pop-music TV show Solid Gold. This neo-Hit Parade album includes the show's theme song, which if heard once a week is heard once too often. There are also a couple of tossaways: Culture Club's hit I'll Tumble 4 Ya and Hall and Oates' One on One. But McCoo is a graceful, sweet-voiced pop singer, and she lends some new shadings to the Police's Every Breath You Take and Willie Nelson's smash (written by Chips Moman) Always on My Mind. McCoo hooks up effectively with Billy Davis Jr., her Fifth Dimension colleague, former duet partner and husband of 14 years, on David Wolfert and Sandy Linzer's I Believe in You and Me. And she handles a medley of David Bowie's Let's Dance and Men Without Hats' The Safety Dance with cool energy. The LP, like McCoo's TV show, is sometimes on the flagrantly overproduced side, but it's also fun and undemanding. (RCA)
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