Picks and Pans Review: Tell Somebody
updated 02/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/12/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST
Jordan is a Canadian with an Annie Lennox-Jennifer Rush-caliber voice, a flashy look, a promising future and a crying need to find somebody else to write some songs for her.
She co-wrote all 10 tunes in this dance-pop collection with her synthesizer player, Bill Beaudoin, and while none of them is so embarrassing that she'll have to hide it from her grandchildren, this album is the wrong place to look for standards of the future.
"Well he told her as a young man they taught him not to grow/Love or even anger must not be allowed to show," run a typical couple of lines—from "Breakaway," which seems to be a bitter castigation of commitment-phobic men. The other tunes, all about relationships (mostly rocky ones) are full of similarly awkward language.
Beaudoin's rhythm-heavy arrangements and Jordan's powerhouse delivery override the language a lot of the time, making this album a much better bet for dancing than serious listening. It would nonetheless be far more satisfying to hear the 27-year-old Jordan singing more imaginative material backed by less mechanically programmed instruments. (Atlantic)