Picks and Pans Review: Serious Slammin'

updated 05/02/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/02/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Pointer Sisters

So who's going to challenge the ladies Pointer as the best female R&B group of the '80s? Nobody with any sense would after hearing this album, which is full of fun, funk, romance and just about everything else on earth that's admirable except glazed doughnuts. This is the 16th Pointer album, and the group has been working with producer Richard Perry since 1978, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they have themselves so together. If it isn't a surprise, though, it is a delight. The tunes range from the exuberant tantrum of He Turned Me Out (from the Action Jackson sound track) and the strut of Pride to an easygoing and thoughtful Jonathan Butler-Simon May smoothy, I'm in Love. It might have been even more fun to have Butler or someone else drop in for a guest vocal or two—David Ii's saxophone contributions turn I'm in Love into something approaching pop classic proportions. But this record is too terrific to leave much room for why-didn't-theys. Just work up the Best of Their Era trophy and tell the engraver to get started putting Anita's, June's and Ruth's names on it. (RCA)

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