Picks and Pans Review: Read My Lips

UPDATED 04/29/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/29/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT

Melba Moore

While Moore has been making albums for 15 years, it's not easy to name her top three hits—or one of them for that matter. (This Is It and You Stepped Into My Life are among them.) She's a thoroughgoing professional—something like the second-echelon country singers such as Dottie West or Stella Parton. She rarely knock's your shoes off, let alone your socks, but she never sounds bad either. Most of this album is repetitive neo-disco alternating with bland soul ballads. It's not exactly a dynamite combination. The main change of pace is a cover of Stevie Nicks' Dreams that has its affecting moments even though Keith Diamond's arrangement hardly varies from the one Nicks used. The rest of the album becomes a question of waiting for Moore to break loose and throw herself into a song with some sense of vigor. It never happens. (Capitol)

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