Picks and Pans Review: Can't Fight Fate

updated 01/08/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/08/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Taylor Dayne

Not many singers can go from hot to dreamy and back again as smoothly as Dayne does on this first-rate album.

She has the spirit and rhythmic sense to turn "I'll Be Your Shelter," a tune by all-the-rage pop composer Diane Warren, into a vivacious party track. (The song's only shortcoming is that the arrangement, by Dayne's producer Ric Wake, makes the sound a bit too reminiscent of Lone Justice's "Shelter.") Dayne can also, however, dig for depth and rich tone on such ballads as Warren's "Love Will Lead You Back."

She and Wake, who has also produced for such people as Barry Manilow and Bros, keep the synthesizers to a minimum, and the presence of real musicians playing real instruments helps lend personality to even routine dance tracks.

Dayne seems to be affecting a Samantha Fox sexpot image, which may not be the shrewdest of career moves, as in: Eek! There's a serious singer trapped behind that bodice, or what's left of it. (Arista)

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