Picks and Pans Review: Samantha Fox

updated 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Samantha Fox

Fox, everyone will recall, is the young British woman who became famous for posing topless for a British newspaper as what's called a Page 3 Girl. Then she recorded an album, Touch Me, that was a big hit last year. Now her record-company publicity describes her as "probably the most famous, most popular, most revered Page 3 Girl of all time." Well "revered" might be a touch strong, but otherwise, no argument. As for this second album, the drum machine seems to have been thoroughly plugged in; Fox chirps along in the background and keeps with the beat, and she doesn't attempt to sing Ave Maria. Her version of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction shows an ability to make a sow's ear out of a silk purse. So let's not be critical. After all, it seems to have taken a small army of producers to create the album's obsolete disco sound, and Fox obviously is interested in promoting culture. One tune's title, If Music Be the Food of Love, comes from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. You have to believe Bill would be proud to have his line appear right there among such titles as Naughty Girls Need Love Too. (Jive)

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