Picks and Pans Review: I'm Your Woman

updated 07/15/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/15/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sandra Bernhard

Bernhard is the actress-comedienne who has gained attention in the film King of Comedy and on late-night television. But the part of this album that apparently is supposed to be comedy (or maybe drama) is vastly inferior to her serious-girl rock music. The album's eight songs are separated by brief spoken sequences that range from insipid to cheaply tasteless. Here is the essence of one: "Are you alone in your bedroom? Come on, be really honest with me. Or are you there with, like, a really good girlfriend? Okay. If you're alone, I'll talk to you. Is there a picture of your boyfriend lying by your pillow? Is he really, really hot, really cute with blond hair? I bet he s. I know he is. I'm so jealous of you." This may be a parody of something, but it sounds mostly like a 30-year-old woman being dopey. Some of the songs have a jumpy kind of appeal—producer Barry Reynolds' Love Comes Marchin' Through and Almost Torture, co-written by Reynolds, Bernhard and Rick Maslow, compare favorably with a lot of mainstream rock hits. Bernhard's voice has a sexy, Benatarish edge to it. (She started out as a singer.) There's too little music on the album though, and too much inanity. Mixing rock and comedy is a little too much like making a chocolate-vinegar mousse. (Polygram)

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