Picks and Pans Review: Big Girls Don't Cry
There's a lot of fun in this album. The title tune, the 1962 Four Seasons' hit, is appropriately playful. There's also a cover of the Creedence Clearwater tune Down on the Corner. And Well-a-Wiggy has a relaxed girl-group sound, even though it is impossibly shmaltzy as only a pet-name song can be (it's dedicated to Izora Armstead's husband, Frank, whom she calls her "Wiggy"). Still, Izora and the other W.G., Martha Wash, never really cut loose, which is disappointing. It may be that they miss Paul Jabara, who produced their 1983 first LP, It's Raining Men. In any case, nowhere on this album do they mount the sort of gutsy attack that makes them such an exciting duo. If Evan Rogers they sounded any more toned Bearing the white man's funk down, it would be tempting to think they had done something silly, like starting to diet. (Columbia)
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