Picks and Pans Review: Get Here

updated 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Brenda Russell

Before you slide this entrancing album on the turntable, do some preparation. Get out the champagne glasses and plop a ripe strawberry in some vintage bubbly. You see, what Russell presents with this collection of sophisticated pop music is the aural equivalent of brunch. It's marvelous hearing this veteran singer-songwriter delve into mature, mid-tempo numbers like This Time I Need You, Piano in the Dark and the title track. Her strong but unostentatious vocal style is reminiscent of the later, postcoital Donna Summer. (Russell wrote Summer's recent Dinner With Gershwin.) Not all the songs hit the mark. The faster, funkier tunes like Make My Day are unconvincing and leave Russell sounding like one of Prince's submissive strumpets. The album's slowest selection, Le Restaurant, is mopey. Ah, but when Russell works that middle ground... Here is a very happy medium indeed. (A & M)

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