Picks and Pans Review: R U Tuff Enuff

updated 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Rebbie Jackson

If Rebbie isn't careful, Michael, Janet, Jermaine and the rest of her siblings may try to add a little more soul to the family by trading her to the Osmonds for Marie. While she has amply demonstrated that she is far from the least talented of the singing Jacksons, this album is such a blank-sounding snore that—if dopey spelling is going to be insisted on—it might have been called Noise R Us. Rebbie needn't have Michael's gloss or Janet's snap, but these tunes (two co-written by Rebbie) just drone on. The only grooves she gets into seem filled with oatmeal or, in the case of Plaything, are cut off just when she seems to be building momentum. Even guitarist Stanley Jordan, who guests on Friendship Song, seems lackluster. The producer was David "Pic" Conley, whose only other producee was his own group, Surface. He does not seem to be the solution to Rebbie's underachieving career. (Columbia)

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