Picks and Pans Review: Sharp

updated 11/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Angela Winbush

As a tack, baby. After years of sharing the spotlight with Rene Moore as half of the soul duo Rene & Angela, Winbush goes solo in extremis. Even Robinson Crusoe had Friday. But on her warm, winning debut album, Winbush is credited with writing, producing, arranging and playing keyboards, electric guitar and bass on all the songs. She did use some sidemen, notably Paul Jackson on guitar. Except for a duet with Ronald Isley, however, she also is responsible for all the lead and background vocals. Probably cooked up some gourmet meals with only a disposable cigarette lighter between songs. Judging by the depth of these tracks, especially the alluring choral arrangements, the lady spent a lot of time in the confines of the studio. It paid off. She sets most of these songs bubbling at a deliciously slow boil, creating dance music that simultaneously teases and satisfies. Things get a little nasty on Run to Me, a coyly funky number that would have Prince's knees trembling. On Angel, she gives an outstanding vocal performance, full of smoky shadings and jazzy pyrotechnics. Probably nailed it in one take, too. After rebuilding the carburetor on her tour bus. (Polygram)

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