Picks and Pans Review: My Obsession

updated 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Meri D. Marshall

Marshall is a bouncy 20-year-old Texan whose career took off in West Germany, where she signed her first recording contract. As a dance-pop singer, she's an ebullient bundle. And as dance pop goes, this album is a striking debut with relatively intelligent songs trimly arranged by Bob Parr. He is smart enough to recognize that he has a singer who doesn't need much in the way of aural cosmetics to sound bright and alluring. Her thoughtful reading of Parr's ballad Tried To Be a Man lends some authority to the tune and creates curiosity about how Marshall might sound with a little more room to test her limits. While nobody should want to take the fun out of her singing, she deserves to be someone who is listened to, not just heard. (Atlantic)

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