Picks and Pans Review: Love Songs

updated 07/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Diane Schuur

Schuur has an industrial-strength voice that on previous outings has been deployed with the shrill careless abandon of one who knows there is more where that came from. Force beat out finesse, and listeners could not be blamed for wanting to take cover.

So it is refreshing to report that this album spotlights a more restrained, reflective Schuur. The impressive, jazz-tinged voice is in place, but it is used with taste and infinite sensitivity. From first cut ("When I Fall in Love") to last ("My One and Only Love") and every number in between (among them, "Speak Low" and a hauntingly lovely "September in the Rain"), Schuur is in control of the material—and in service to it. But when the occasion calls for it, the singer lets fly, most effectively on "You'll See" and "Crazy." (GRP)

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