Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 08/20/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/20/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE INTERNATIONALE

Any pop singer who'll record the title tune of this album—the longtime anthem of the Communist Party—at least deserves credit for demonstrating the obstinacy of his convictions, and Billy Bragg seems nothing if not obstinate. (Elektra)

MARIAH CAREY An overwhelmingly talented young R&B-flavored singer from New York, Carey makes a big impact on this debut album, despite some less than overwhelming material. (Columbia)

I'M BREATHLESS Skip the movie, where Madonna's singing gets trashed anyway, and listen to this radical change of direction in which the ambitious one takes on Sondheim, the specter of the big band singers and her own fluffweight image. (Sire)

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