Picks and Pans Review: Pink Mischief
Madonna can dance in her underwear. Sophie B. Hawkins can writhe in her videos. Prince's protégés can double as Frederick's of Hollywood models. But with her sultry voice and slinky, suggestive songs, Katt makes them seem almost prim.
The first track on the California singer-songwriter's debut, "When I Do Wrong I Do It So Right," pretty much says it all. She sings with coy approval about bondage ("Bound for Love"), masturbation ("Girl Noise"), a ménage à trois ("Tricycle") and a little sister sleeping with big sister's boyfriend ("Wish You Were Mine"). In "Adam's Got an Attitude," Eve finds a way to deal with penis envy. Katt doesn't philosophize, just revels in her own daring, liberty and pleasure.
More impressive than Katt's libido is her gift for songwriting. She eschews the thumping disco beat favored by your typical rock vixen for a more subtle pop groove and inviting melodies that give the songs a much warmer sexiness than the cool come-on of most dance music. The, yes, innocence of the music makes the lyrics hit harder. Who will be rock's next sex kitten? This Katt is ready to pounce. (A&M)