Picks and Pans Review: Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Tyler sings only in capital letters and Jim Steinman produces only at a full gallop pace, so at times this album tends to the overwrought. "Ravishing, ravishing/Oh-wo-wo/Ravishing, ravishing/Oh-wo-wo/Ravishing, ravishing/Oh-wo-wo," for instance, is a little much. Still, most of the time the bombast is kept within tolerable limits and Tyler's bluesy roar has enough texture to take the gloss off Steinman's heavy pop arrangements. The Bryan Adams-Jim Vallance tune No Way to Treat a Lady (not the song from the 1968 movie of that title, of course) is especially well suited to Tyler's approach; she also does a witty duet with Todd Rundgren on Steinman's Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It. The album includes a less-than-fascinating cover recording of Freda Payne's hit Band of Gold as well as Tyler's Holding Out for a Hero from the film Footloose, which seems awfully old at this point. While one might have expected a more imaginative project, considering that Tyler's most recent album came out in 1983, there is still much to admire and listen to happily. (CBS)
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