Picks and Pans Review: When I Was a Boy

updated 09/13/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jane Siberry

With this collection of heart-fluttering love songs, Siberry—a quirky, intellectual Canadian songwriter—has produced the ultimate make-out album. Don't expect the lame clichés and programmed rhythms of typical romance music. Siberry changed her tune without sacrificing her intelligence. Her gentle voice and poetic lyrics seem more polished on this, her sixth album, and part of the credit is due to art-rock maestro Brian Eno, who produced two songs and gave general guidance. Fellow Canadian k.d. lang offered another boost by collaborating on the lilting duel "Calling All Angels."

During a year when Sleepless in Seattle has defeated Schwarzenegger at the box office, Siberry's tranquil songs of the heart just might push blustery Michael Bolton out of the love seat. So light the candles and pucker up. (Reprise)"

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