Picks and Pans Review: Racine

updated 03/09/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1992 01:00AM

Sass Jordan

Admirers have dubbed her the Tina Turner of Canada. They must be referring to Jordan's speaking voice, because the vocalizing of this English-born, Montreal-raised singer isn't going to remind too many people of Ike's ex.

But Sass' sandy and, yes, sassy voice does sound uncannily like that of another singer from the American South, but of the other gender: Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. Even though the pained but indomitable quality of Jordan's voice is show-cased best on slower songs, she spends most of this album rocking steady. She shares with Robinson and the Crowes a debt to the boogie-blues rock of the Faces during the Rod Stewart—Ron Woods-Ian McClagan era.

Built on a prefab foundation of stinging guitars and barrelhouse piano, songs like "Make You a Believer," "Goin' Back Again," "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Time Flies" are rakish runaways that should appeal to rock traditionalists.

She might not have Tina's legs either, but this record proves Sass can kick it. (Impact/MCA)

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