Picks and Pans Review: Do You
Using Easton to record these routine dance pop arrangements is like buying a Rolls-Royce to make two-block trips to the grocery store. Her voice, which ought to be either splashed all over the place or subdued into an alluring tease, becomes merely another accessory after the rhythmic fact. This is, after all, producer Nile Rodgers' style: to homogenize the singers he works with, sometimes for the better, sometimes—certainly in this case—for the far worse. What makes this album even more disappointing is that Easton's previous LP, A Private Heaven, demonstrated that unlike most big-voiced singers, she can belt and still be sexy (too sexy for some tastes in fact). There are some clever tunes in this set. Dana Merino's Young Lions is one, but in that instance as in others it is Rodgers' backgrounds that dominate the mix. Easton is allowed to surface only once in a while, which somehow seems to be missing the point by a mile or two. (EMI)
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