Picks and Pans Review: Imagination

updated 04/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

LaToya Jackson

Co-producers Mike Piccirillo and Gary Goetzman have done an effective job of using this Jackson's talent and disguising her lack of it. They've surrounded her with lots of thwomping backup and high-voltage synthesizer lines, overdubbed and covered up. They've come up with a manageable bunch of songs that includes their own How Do I Tell Them—"Do I say he joined the Army/Was lost in Katmandu/I've got to find a story/ That's better than the truth." They've even demonstrated an all-time example of making a virtue of necessity, turning LaToya's natural singing style, mostly coos, squeals and frail noises, to advantage on the pillowy Love Talk. That's about it, though, folks. Otherwise, they're like a couple of shrewd car salesmen who hope that because their vehicle looks so gorgeous, nobody will care that it doesn't have much of an engine. (Private I)

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