Picks and Pans Review: Wild Child

updated 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

E.G. Daily

Daily, whose voice ranges from the brash edginess of Pat Benatar to the pop gloss of Sheena Easton, has never cut a solo album before. But she's no showbiz neophyte. She sang tunes on the sound tracks of The Breakfast Club and Better Off Dead, acted in Pee Wee's Big Adventure (as Pee Wee Herman's girlfriend) and has appeared onstage as a female wrestler in Teaneck Tanzi: The Venus Flytrap. She clearly accumulated some poise and polish, since this LP is a nicely rounded, lively package. One of its producers, Harold Faltermeyer, is a pal of Giorgio Moroder; another is Madonna's old colleague Jellybean Benitez. The Moroder influence is especially apparent; a couple of tracks (Love in the Shadows, for one) sound as if they came from Flashdance. There's also an insinuating synthesizer figure that's likely to lure any unsuspecting listener into Sunset People, which Donna Summer once recorded under Moroder's production. Daily co-wrote most of the songs, including the sprightly Is Anybody Home? She's not going to rewrite the history of modern poetry, but it's a real pleasure to encounter a young singer—she's 23—who has this much vocal talent and stylistic common sense. (A&M)

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