October 06, 1986 12:00 PM

Tina Turner

It seems unlikely, given what a massive success 1984’s Private Dancer was in just about every way, but this album is at least as satisfying. While there are a couple of dispensable songs among those produced by Terry Britten, the LP is full of memorable tracks, from the typically heated, insinuating Turner sound on What You Get Is What You See, Back Where You Started and Overnight Sensation to the surprisingly introspective Paradise Is Here. On the latter tune Branford Marsalis adds some sublime soprano-sax decoration, and he is hardly the only drop-in performer. Phil Collins plays drums on Girls, which was co-written by David Bowie. Bryan Adams plays a ringing guitar solo to introduce Back Where You Started, which he wrote with Jim Vallance. Steve Winwood plays synthesizer on Afterglow, and Mark Knopfler provides spirited backing on his Overnight Sensation. Even in an era where guest appearances are common, Turner obviously has the clout to draw an all-star guest list. She herself seems to be euphoric, in a born-again rocker kind of way, singing with that wonderfully growly verve and a deceptively subtle sense of her lyrics. She even manages to infuse a line of kisses—”mwah, mwah, mwah”—with a certain wry humor on What You Get (a song born to be turned into a video). If all records were as polished and as much fun as this one, the reviewer’s lot would be a happier one. (Capitol)

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