May 23, 1988 12:00 PM

The Weather Girls

If they aren’t a force of nature, Martha Wash and Izora Armstead certainly possess an elemental kind of musical power. When it bursts out, as it does a couple of times on this album, they’re an awesome twosome indeed. The ladies have changed producers again, and among their collaborators are the funk group Full Force. This is a mixed blessing. While it puts them in the company of people who display their creativity by using such names as B-Fine and Curt-t-t and whose arrangements sometimes sound like musical canned goods, Full Force does generate a little youthful exuberance. The ladies seem to fare better, however, working with producers Reggie Lucas (who has worked with Madonna and Stephanie Mills) and Richard Scher (Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen). The Girls’ natural oomph gets kicked into overdrive, for instance, on the Lucas-produced Something for Nothing, a John Jarvis-Don Cook-Gary Nicholson tune that lets Wash and Armstead storm and pout and get righteous all over the place. If you’re ever going to dance off your size 12s, here’s the tune to do it to. There are other attractive tracks too, such as the light Latin tinge to Love’s on the Way or the tongue-in-chubby-cheek Worth My Weight in Love, a Full Force composition that suggests the boys have a sense of humor in there someplace. Wash and Armstead’s problem has never been lack of talent. It is that not enough people talk about the Weather Girls or do anything about them. If merit has anything to do with it, this album could change that. (Columbia)

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