Picks and Pans Review: Surrender

updated 06/10/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/10/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Robin Clark

Clark, a longtime session singer, is best known for her backup work for David Bowie. And the Bowie connection is exploited for all it is worth on her so-so first album. There are adulatory liner notes from Bowie, and appearances from a number of musicians associated with him, such as guitarist Carlos Alomar and the Borneo Horns. Clark's voice is indisputably powerful and, on the punchier tunes, such as Everytime and the title track, quite alluring. Her cover of the old Norman Whitfield-Eddie Holland gem, Too Many Fish in the Sea (which has been done by Mitch Ryder and others), briefly promises to be the apex of the record. But Clark's strong start is soon buried under a distracting choral structure. Too often her potential is wasted on tedious arrangements or poor material. Let It Rain, Let It Pour, for example, is a piano-bar sedative written by producers George Flame and Michael Case Kissel. Flame and Kissel are also credited as directors, so they should take at least part of the heat for Clark's misguided debut. (HME)

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