By People Staff
March 26, 1984 12:00 PM

Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill

Not quite perfect, maybe, but interesting, certainly, and young, definitely. Even though Lattisaw is a five-year veteran of the pop music charts, she is still only 17, as is Gill. They obviously can’t be expected to sing together with the emotional depth and subtlety of black duos such as Ashford and Simpson, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams or the Womacks. (Why, incidentally, do so many black solo artists team up? More to the point, why don’t more white singers—country performers excepted—regularly do man-woman duets?) Gill and Lattisaw both have raw-diamond quality voices, though, and they blend them into some pretty moments on this album. Most effective are their ballads, especially Falling in Love Again by Eric Kaz and Tom Snow and the Preston Glass-Narada Michael Walden title song. A promising up-tempo idea, a revival of the Shirelles’ 1961 hit, Baby It’s You, is as unhappily routine as the album’s disco-dance tunes. This is, however, a largely encouraging debut. If the point is to generate interest in hearing more from these two singers, the LP succeeds handsomely. (Cotillion)

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