Picks and Pans Review: Jekyll & Hyde

updated 06/11/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/11/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Linda Eder and Colm Wilkinson

The show this album comes from was only recently staged, with Eder as Lisa, the confused lady friend of the schizophrenic Dr. Jekyll, but with Chuck (Into the Woods) Wagner as the good-bad doctor himself.

The Eder-Wilkinson chemistry isn't lacking on this magnificently sung preproduction sampler. The songs by Leslie (Stop the World—I Want to Get Off) Bricusse and Frank Wildhorn (writer of such pop hits as Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?") are lush and romantic, with enough irony that "No One Knows Who I Am" is sung not by Jekyll but by Lisa.

The language is too often banal. But the story's familiarity makes the album flow, and these two voices cover up for a lot of shortcomings. (RCA Victor)

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