Picks and Pans Review: Framed by the Sounds of the Girl-Group Era That Have Always Animated Her Music (the Album Begins with the Crystals' "oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby" and Ends with the Shirelles' "dedicated to the One I Love"), This Album

updated 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

touches on a range of topics. There is a moving lullaby to her son ("To a Child"), a provocative call for animal rights ("Lite a Flame") and a respectful ode to the earth ("Broken Rainbow").

That they are all so of a piece is part of the magic of Nyro's impressionistic style. After nearly 30 years as a recording artist, she still makes it seem as if she's just discovered her muse. (Columbia)

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