March 25, 1985 12:00 PM

Dionne Warwick

Anyone seeking the Gucci of mixed musical bags can stop looking. This LP is it. The six tracks produced by Barry Manilow include a lot of the excesses Manilow is guilty of on his own records—too many strings, too much brass, too much melodrama (try Without Your Love). They also include Manilow’s shrewd sense of pop music hooks, finely turned musical or verbal phrases (as in the sweet Warwick-Manilow duet on the old Bee Gees hit Run to Me). Then there’s one song produced by Richard Landis, and one, the ineffably foolish Finder of Lost Loves, produced as well as composed by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. And there are two lighthearted, endearing duets with Stevie Wonder from The Woman in Red sound track, It’s You and Weakness. With all this variation in style, the LP fluctuates between sounds close to the bright expressiveness of Warwick’s ’60s heyday and sounds that make her seem to have fallen in with uncomfortable company. (Arista)

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