La Toya Jackson

Imagination

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On her early '80s albums for Polydor, Jackson was able to make up for what she lacked in vocal talent with an energetic, youthful approach to the music -- in part inspired by able, live backing musicians. As the '80s rolled on and synthesizer arrangements became the standard, however, she seemed to lose that touch. Tracks here like "On a Night Like This" and "Baby Sister" are too cute and overdone to be taken seriously. And "Love Talk" is a weak attempt at being a midnight-hour, come-hither slow jam. The album's lone notable track is the catchy "How Do I Tell Them," which, with its instantly memorable chorus and gripping rhythmic structure, is hard to resist. Otherwise, it's mostly disposable material.

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