Picks and Pans Review: Exposure

updated 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST


What with Miami Vice, the Miami Sound Machine and now this Miami-based trio, Florida is getting to be almost as important to the American pop culture as Australia. Exposé could be called Las Bangles, since the three women who form the group add Latin touches to a disco-pop sound with often invigorating results. Of the three, Jeanette Jurado (from Los Angeles) is probably the most interesting singer, though she, Ann Curless (from Miami) and Gioia Carmen (from Italy by way of Haworth, N.J.) all owe something to the Debbie Harry/Madonna school of breathy, coyly sexy female vocals. Jurado's lead on the easygoing Seasons Change is the most impressive singing on the album, though two tracks, Point of No Return and Come Go With Me, were already hits as singles, and they are undeniable disco fodder. Lewis A. Martineé recruited the three women for the group, wrote all the songs (with co-writers in two cases), produced the LP and programmed the synthesizers. He seems to have gotten fatigued by the time he got to the programming, since it tends to tiresome repetitions. Steve Grove's real live saxophones infuse welcome vigor into the singers' backing. In any case, there is a lot of talent in evidence. (Arista)

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