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Carol Lynn Townes
A North Carolinian, Townes is best known for the songs she sang on the soundtracks of Breakin' (99½) and Breakin' II (Believe in the Beat). Both tunes are on this album, with new mixes. They're part of a not-too-varied, if vigorous, collection of dance numbers backed by an often clever, if eccentric, set of synthesizer arrangements. Some of that eccentricity may be due to the fact that five different producers and four different arrangers worked on the LP. One side, on which all four tracks were produced by Rod Hui and Steve Loeb, and for which Loeb did all the synthesizer arranging and programming, is much more consistent. The material is on the forgettable side. A duet with Dino Terrell breaks the pace. Both the Donna Summer-David Foster-Rod Temperton cut Love Is Just a Breath Away and Leslie Pearl's I Want a Man Like You give Townes a chance to sing her way out of her routine disco-queen style. Townes comes from a gospel background and clearly has some musical resources. This album doesn't really reveal how much she can do with them. (Polydor)
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