Picks and Pans Review: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me

updated 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Gloria Estefan

Too bad Estefan is not terribly exciting, musically speaking, as a cover girl. Though on this album of hand-me-down songs she does a fine job updating oldies like Blood, Sweat & Tears' "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and Carole King's "It's Too Late," most of her takes on other singers' hits sound too perfunctory to be essential. Only a giddy interpretation of Dr. Buzzard's Original "Savannah" Band's "Cherchez La Femme" and an exuberant run through Vicki Sue Robinson's disco classic "Turn the Beat Around" demand repeated listens. When Estefan really tries shaking things up with a technofied take on Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love," Hold Me nearly topples over. It's a clumsy vocal that Estefan should have saved for the shower. (Epic)

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