If Life for the Taking made concessions to pop trends, Playing for Keeps was sunk by Eddie Money's attempt to fit into the mainstream. While his production had never been raw, the sound of the album was entirely too glossy for album-oriented rock radio -- Money couldn't write songs with enough memorable hooks to earn him radio play. The result was one of his weakest albums.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
feat: Valerie Carter