12/02/1991 at 01:00 AM EST
God bless the '70s. True, the clothes were ridiculous, but the disco wasn't so bad. At least, Stansfield's way of recycling disco and '70s R&B upgrades your opinion of disco and makes it fit snugly into the '90s.
Real Love is the second album for the British-born singer whose 1989 debut produced the Top 10 single "All Around the World" and established her as a dance diva. The new disc doesn't show much progression, but that's not necessarily bad.
Her music, cowritten with band mates Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, is steeped in '70s soul. This kind of pulsating stuff kept platform shoes shuffling and polyester shirts rustling from Watergate through Three Mile Island.
Real Love generates its seductive grooves from a laid-back rhythm section, some slippery horns and Stansfield's slinky, sophisticated vocals. She neither squeaks like Madonna
nor belts like Whitney Houston. It's nothing new, but music this comfortable never goes out of style. Unlike the leisure suit. (Arista)