November 04, 1985 12:00 PM

Diana Ross

Let’s not be distracted by the fact that Ross, looking impossibly seductive, is shown on the cover of this album sprawled all over a bulging-eyed stuffed tiger, the two of them festooned with strings of pearls. Let’s also ignore the silliness of the title tune, co-written by Ross’ buddy Michael Jackson. The rest of this LP, co-produced by Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten, is spectacular pop music. Two tracks stand up to anything Ross has done. She sings most of More and More, a ballad written by Galuten, Barry and Andy Gibb, accompanied only by George Bitzer’s acoustic piano; the tune displays what a rich, delicately emotional singer Ross can be. On the other hand, Chain Reaction is a momentum-building rouser worthy of the Supremes’ most fiery moments, despite some sleazy “You make me tremble when your hand goes lower” lyrics. Ross belts it out with enticing urgency. The other songs on the album—all written by various combinations of Gibb brothers—mix up the pace without forcing Ross to fight against overproduction. The result is a rainbow of music, with all the color and magic the word implies. (RCA)

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