Picks and Pans Review: Kaleidoscope World

updated 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Swing Out Sister

It's not Corinne Drewery's fault that she has come along at a time when there are such similar singers around as Basia and Gloria Estefan. But she and her S.O.S. partner Andy Connell (and producer Paul Staveley O'Duffy) are responsible for the bland, superannuated arrangements that seem like charts Sergio Mendes might have considered—and tossed—back around Brasil 66 or '67.

Drewery and Connell are responsible for most of the songwriting too, and it tends toward the obvious: "Don't let love be your mistake/ The decision's yours to make/ Though you try to hide/ What you feel inside." Still, things would sound a lot better without all the dull, off-the-shelf-sounding string and brass choruses and backup vocals that often seem unrelated to anything that's going on.

The first S.O.S. album, 1987's It's Better to Travel, was more multitoned and looser, enhancing Drewery's liquid, warm vocals rather than sublimating them. The record swung too. This one seems a misappropriation of talent. (Fontana)

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