Picks and Pans Review: Into the Light

updated 02/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

Gloria Estefan

Estefan's first album since her back injury last spring includes a lot more singing than it does songs. While her voice is as rich and seductive as ever, it's hard to find anything distinctive in the 12 songs written by Estefan herself, her husband, Emilio, popmistress Diane Warren and others.

"Sex in the '90s" is the most noteworthy but only for its hypercelibate lyrics ("You gotta be crazy to have sex in the '90s"). Otherwise, Estefan meanders among a mixed-tone set including the slightly funky "Seal Our Fate," the standard dance pop of "Coming Out of the Dark" and "Nayib's Song (I Am Here for You)," which evokes the Latin influences Estefan has exploited so profitably with Miami Sound Machine and on her own—and in ways too reminiscent of a number of her former hits.

If there's nothing thrilling about the album, there's nothing offensive about it either. It's satisfying to hear Estefan bouncing back so energetically from her bus accident, in any case. (Epic)

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