June 19, 1989 12:00 PM

June Pointer

As show-business-as-usual dance pop records go, this one is livelier than most. There’s a silky duet with Phil Perry on the Burt Bacharach-Carole Bayer Sager-Bruce Roberts tune “Why Can’t We Be Together?” The Phil Ramone-produced “Keeper of the Flame” generates a swingy enthusiasm. “Live with Me” allows Pointer to show her dreamier qualities, though the tune, by producer Kashif with Dwania Kyles and Ralph Schukett, includes such cringe-worthy lines as ‘if we’re gonna shack up, Babe/We gotta do it right.”

Come to think of it, “Parlez-Moi d’Amour (Let’s Talk About Love),” with its T-shirt French, is no tribute to poetry either: “Parlez-moi d’amour/Me and you tonight/Parlez-moi d’amour/Voulez-vous all right.” (Producer Narada Michael Walden, Preston Glass and Robbie Long get the blame.) Nobody’s pretending to great statements here, though, and Pointer remains as musical and stimulating as her sisters—and ex-singing partners—Anita, Bonnie and Ruth. (Columbia)

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