June 03, 1985 12:00 PM

France Joli

Sheena Easton has some new competition. You too, Irene Cara. And as for you, Barbra Streisand, well, you can keep doing whatever it is you’re doing for a while yet, anyway. The fact remains, though, that the Canadienne Joli, who first made a splash at 16 with her single Come to Me, is at 22 showing signs of becoming a real force in the pop music business. Part of that may be due to the influence of producer George Duke, whose sleek, brash arrangements enhance Joli’s naturally vivacious voice. She approaches an Easton-like pop diva range on Attitude, while making What About Me sound like something accidentally left off the Flashdance sound track. Joli only really slows the pace down long enough to let nuance creep in on Love Always Finds a Way. She spends the rest of the album kicking up her heels in exuberant fashion, making a bright, danceable statement that amounts to: I’ve grown up, folks. (Epic)

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