Picks and Pans Review: Janice Mcclain

updated 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Janice McClain

A protégée of Patti LaBelle, McClain, 22, is a Philadelphian with a disciplined, wide-ranging voice. She also has the nerve to let that voice carry her first album, without a lot of production support. She often sounds terrific, but it's almost as if she is singing scales a lot of the time, so amorphous are the songs. It couldn't have helped that the LP lists 19 different producers and arrangers dealing with the work of 20 different composers on its nine tracks. While McClain rings out loudly and clearly above the confusion, it's more to make herself heard than to make music. Even the mild success of the single Passion and Pain is hard to understand. Reorganize, folks, and try it again. (MCA)

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