Picks and Pans Review: Stephanie Mills

updated 02/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Stephanie Mills

Since her debut album in 1979, Mills has produced a steady stream of hit singles and hot-selling albums. Few people outside her hardcore followers, however, would be able to name anything she has done since Ease On Down the Road from The Wiz. Unfortunately her new album is unlikely to change things. Mills has a powerhouse voice that comes from a 4'9" body; with it she can be dramatic, emotional, sweet. And each of the eight tracks is slickly arranged and recorded, particularly the two Rod Temperton wrote, Hold On to Midnight and Time of Your Life. Nothing is wrong. It is just that something is not quite right enough. Listening to this LP is a little like eating a meal that is made out of spectacular ingredients yet ends up tasting merely good. While you feel petty complaining, you're not quite satisfied either. (MCA)

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