Picks and Pans Review: Highlights from Aint Misbehaving
The Pointer Sisters
They may have rocked dance halls once with hits like “Jump (For My Love),” “I’m So Excited” and “Slow Hand,” but these days the Pointer Sisters—Anita, 47, June, 42, and Ruth, 40—are rocking theaters across the country in a rousing revival of the 1978 Tony-winning Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
After a surprisingly stilted delivery of the Fats Waller title song, the CD starts to swing with jive classics like “Lookin’ Good but Feelin’ Bad,” and the sisters have a grand time with a medley that includes “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” Yet the high point comes not from a Pointer, but courtesy of costar Michael-Leon Wooley, who delivers a funky and sly version of the comedy song “Your Feet’s Too Big.” On “Honeysuckle Rose,” Wooley’s warm, flirtatious style brings out the best in Anita’s strong and sassy voice. The sister most at home wailing Waller, she heats up the torchy “Mean to Me,” and with a lilting, fervent delivery of “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling,” she all but sends you reeling. (RCA Victor)