Picks and Pans Review: When the Rain Begins to Fall

updated 05/06/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/06/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Pia Zadora

Pia is not the worst singer in the world. But then, neither William F. Buckley nor Margaret Thatcher has come out with a rock record lately. Actually, Zadora has to be given credit. A lot of semicelebrities who make records bury themselves under piles of overdubs and backup singers. Pia allows her voice to be heard on its own, quavering out there like a wounded sparrow that doesn't have any medical benefits. And Pia does demonstrate one strong vocal ability on her first LP. She shows she can repeat like nobody's business, uttering the title phrase on the tune Rock It Out 42 times, with amazingly little variation in tone or volume. The closest things to music on the album are her version of the old Shirley Ellis favorite, Clapping Song, and a duet with Jermaine Jackson on the title track. Jermaine singing with Pia is a little like Larry Bird playing with the Dubuque YMCA team, but Jackson doesn't seem to be trying to drown her out any more than necessary. (MCA)

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