Picks and Pans Review: Something to Talk About

updated 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Anne Murray

True, Murray has been getting further and further away from country and closer to pop all the time. True, she has made some charming excursions into white lady funk-remember You've Got What It Takes? But this album is nothing like the Anne Murray we've come to know and love, she of the warm, rich voice and companionable delivery. The tracks produced by the synthesizer-obsessed David Foster and Jack White, including such tunes as Gotcha and Now and Forever (You and Me), are decent dance pop, nothing less or more. Somehow those kinds of whomp-whomp-whomp rhythms drain the feeling from Murray's voice. The effect is that of a painful stretch for hipness, like putting sunglasses on a kitten. The three tracks produced by Keith Diamond, who has worked with Melba Moore and Billy Ocean, come closest to standard Murray. This is an unsatisfying LP though, especially coming from a woman who is normally one of the most consistently satisfying of singers. (Capitol)

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