Picks and Pans Review: Jennifer Rush

updated 03/31/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/31/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jennifer Rush

Rush, 25, is another one of those performers trying to make it to the top of the American pop music scene by taking the autobahn. Born in Queens, N.Y., she grew up in West Germany because her father, an opera singer, went there to find work. She has released two albums in Germany—both hit No. 1 on the German charts—and this is a compilation of tracks from both. It is a highly polished collection of technopop, but what's most impressive is Rush's voice. Throaty, intense and wide-ranging, she'll remind some people of Annie Lennox. She has some of the same drive that enables Lennox to override even the most elaborate electronic effects. While there's enough dance pop on this LP to satisfy most people, there is also intelligent passion, notably in the broody The Power of Love, co-written by Rush. She also co-wrote Hero of a Fool, where the lyrics—as well as the title—are more challenging and thoughtful than most pop songs. The overall impression is of a singer who sounds terrific and thinks too. (Epic)

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