Picks and Pans Review: Good to Go Lover

updated 09/01/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/01/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Gwen Guthrie

The hit single Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But the Rent from this album is, if nothing else, the best unemployment-fighting song since the 1958 Silhouettes hit Get a Job. In Guthrie's case—"You got to have a j-o-b/ If you want to be with me"—sex and social consciousness blend in a happily funky way. A former backup singer for Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin and the composer of tunes for such artists as Ben E. King (Supernatural Thing) and Sister Sledge (Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me), Guthrie is not just a gimmick singer. She has range enough to dabble in such mainstream pop as the Bacharach-David standby Close to You as well as to get deep into the R&B of the title track. Good To Go Lover, which Guthrie co-wrote, has a pointlessly ugly line: "If you don't stop/ I'll call the cops/ They'll pistol whip you/ Till you drop." For the most part, though, the album glides along in an easy soul groove that's suitable for dancing as well as perusing the want ads. (Polygram)

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