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Picks and Pans Review: Barbara Weathers

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Barbara Weathers

Weathers, the former singer for Atlantic Starr, strikes out on her own with an attractive and smooth collection of adult soul music that brings to mind the apex of the S.O.S. Band.

“Barbi Doll,” written by Rex Salas, Weathers and Chuckii Booker, gets a rousing dance treatment, spurred by Booker’s thumposaurus bass line. On the more pop-oriented front, there’s “My Only Love” by Maurice White, Bill Meyers and Sheldon Reynolds, with its crazy-legs beat. White also produced a kicking version of the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go,” with a fierce sax solo by Gerald Albright. Fans who think of Weathers primarily as the beautiful balladeer who sang “Always” will be drawn to the gentle strains of “All I Know.”

Never flashy, Weathers’s voice is graciously dignified. The whole album is like that: lively without being overwhelming, pretty without being precious. If you’re having an afternoon party in the backyard, this would be an ideal tape to slip in the boom-box. (Reprise)