Picks and Pans Review: This Is Serious

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Marilyn Martin

While she's no slouch in the cutie pie department, Martin is also more of a singer than a lot of her pop contemporaries. She can touch lightly on the frothy dance tracks, go appropriately dark on a tune like Quiet Desperation and hone in, Tina Turner-like, on the best parts of a song such as The Best Is Yet to Come (written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, frequent sources of material for Turner herself). The songs on this album, Martin's second, are consistently entertaining. That goes for everything from Homeless, which Martin wrote with producer Jon Astley and Billy Nichols, to Possessive Love, written for Martin by Madonna, Patrick Leonard and Jai Winding. The whimsical title is appropriate in a backhanded sort of way; this album is not at all serious, but rather unpretentious, of-the-moment pop. As such it is a thorough success. (Atlantic)

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