Picks and Pans Review: Heart Over Mind

updated 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jennifer Rush

Rush has an extraordinarily big, deep voice for a pop singer. It's not too hard to imagine her segueing from one of her thumping dance tunes into one of Brünnhilde's numbers from Die Walküre. It's not hard, either, to imagine that Elton John had to kick himself into high gear to avoid being lost in his duet with Rush on this album, Flames of Paradise. Not one to avoid attention, though, John certainly makes himself heard; his singing, in his most aggressive vocal mode, makes for a duet with considerable impact. He and Rush generate enough heat to create a compelling dance track, even though the song, at least in this arrangement, has a strident, overblown quality, as do a number of tracks on the LP. Rush doesn't need a lot of embellishing—it's a joy to hear her on the relatively subdued Search the Sky—but then her producers, who include Harold Faltermeyer, Andy Goldmark and Bruce Roberts, are known mostly for synthesizer-heavy pop glitz. While there are lots of drum machines and waves of sound, not much of that is useful. There are only two tracks that have a horn on them, even though a number of the songs seem to cry out for brass sounds to cut into the synthe-mush. Rush sounds smart, musical and sexy despite the mediocre surroundings; her voice rides over the electronic onslaught most of the time. A singer with her talent, however, should be doing more than just holding her own. (CBS)

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