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updated 10/27/1986 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/27/1986 01:00AM

Rebbie Jackson

A couple of crucial factors in the success of Rebbie's 1984 album Centipede are notably missing from this record. One is brother Michael, who wrote and arranged the hit title track; the other is producer Wayne Henderson. Five producers worked on this LP. That's not always a fatal sign, but often, as in this instance, it suggests a certain amount of floundering. The three tracks produced by Reggie Lucas, who has worked with Madonna, among others, show the most respect for Rebbie's substantial vocal talents. His arrangements, particularly on You Send the Rain Away, a duet with Robin Zander, and If You Don't Call (You Don't Care), complement her singing. The other producers, including brother Tito, tend to turn out noisy packages that force Rebbie to compete for attention. Tito and Vassal Benford also wasted an appearance by Isaac Hayes, whose duet on Tonight I'm Yours seems amazingly sterile for a man whose whole singing style is based on its macho sensuality. Most of the album is just average disco/funk. That might be fine in some families, but with the Jacksons it's the equivalent of having a Kennedy elected dog-catcher. (Columbia)

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