Picks and Pans Review: Passion

updated 01/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/23/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jennifer Rush

Rush's voice is so hearty and full of texture it seems wasted on most of the songs on this album. A small army of producers, including pop mass producers Jellybean Benitez, Michael Omartian and Harold Faltermeyer, string her along with synthesized orchestral arrangements, and the songs, with a couple of exceptions, are the musical equivalent of junk mail. One of those exceptions, Marti Sharron and Chuck Wild's You Don't Know What You've Got (Until It's Gone), at least gives Rush an idea or two to work with, and Rain Coming Down on Me, which Rush wrote with Bob Marlette and Nancy Shanks, generates a mood worthy of her vocal intensity. There is nothing on this album approaching the appeal of her 1986 duet with Elton John on Flames of Paradise, however, and the homogeneity of the arrangements lends an air of sterility to what ought to have been an exciting project. (Epic)

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