Picks and Pans Review: My Cherie

updated 04/10/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/1995 01:00AM

Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton once planned to call this album Straight Ahead Pop, a useful clue for consumers wondering what to expect next from the changeable Scottish-born singer who lives in L.A. Easton was packaged in the early '80s as a bland songbird who admittedly made the most of that hit-waiting-to-happen "Morning Train (Nine to Five)." She reemerged a few years later as a vampish Prince courtier ("Sugar Walls"). More recently, Easton recorded an album in Spanish and a collection of jazz standards.

Throughout her serpentine career, Easton has shown plenty of technical ability, and it remains generously in evidence on My Cherie. Silky and tender on "All I Ask of You," proudly combative on " 'Til Death Do Us Part," she's at ease with pop formulas. But she has never seemed entirely comfortable with pop emotions. Her chilliness seeps into otherwise nicely crafted ballads: "Crazy Love" and "Please Don't Be Scared" both sound like they need a sweater. Sometimes the shortest route to warm romance isn't straight ahead. (MCA)

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