Picks and Pans Review: A Private Heaven

UPDATED 11/26/1984 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/26/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

Sheena Easton

Strut, the hot single from this album, is an ideal pop tune. The hooks—melodic, rhythmic and lyric—all come together perfectly in the line "Strut, pout/ Put it out/ That's what you want from women." Two men—Julian Littman and Charlie Dore—wrote the song, but it comes off as a witty feminist tract that is sexy in its antisexism. It isn't the album's only success. Easton does less demonstrating of her range for demonstration's sake than she has in the past and sings with a lot more emotion. Her version of the quietly difficult Joan Armatrading tune, Love and Affection, is a marvel of musical dynamics, and the torchy Hard to Say It's Operand All by Myself are effective too. Sugar Walls, by a composer with the unlikely name Alexander Nevermind, is clumsily suggestive ("The blood races to your private spots/ That lets me know there's a fire") and Double Standards a near clone of the past Easton hit Just Another Broken Heart. But these are minor nuisances, considering the growth this LP represents. (EMI)

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