Picks and Pans Review: Lighthouse

UPDATED 06/23/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/23/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

Kim Carnes

Carnes, at 39, has become one of the elder stateswomen of rock-flavored pop. She can still charge into a song, such as I'd Lie to You for Your Love or Dancin' at the Lighthouse on this album, with that soft-rough sound reminiscent of a kitten's tongue. She manages to find a steady supply of interesting material, such as the Donna Weiss-Jackie DeShannon tune Only Lonely Love, which includes the rather rarefied lines, "I got too much to lose and I'm not into being/ Lost and abused. It's too plebian." The production, by her longtime collaborator, Val Garay, supports Carries in vigorous fashion without overwhelming her. The rub is the thought that Carnes could be branching out a little. It would be interesting to hear her use her idiosyncratic talent on a wider range of songs. Nobody wants her to clear her throat or anything. It shouldn't be asking too much, though, to wish she would get a little bluesier once in a while or try a standard or two. (EMI America)

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