Jackie Carter

Ruby Shoes

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A colorful assortment of disco trinkets and understated ballads, Ruby Shoes is far sturdier than Carter's debut set, Treat Me Like a Woman. Side A is stocked with consistently pleasing dancefloor fillers in the ebullient "Ohh, What a Way to Go," the guitar-ridden "Computer-Love-Song," and a surprising -- if somewhat unchallenging -- take on Dionne Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer for You." Meanwhile, Side B concentrates more on mellow ballads and mid-tempo numbers. The definitive standout here is the subtly pleading "Deja Vu," which alternates between moody ballad and plush disco groove. While Frank Diez handled arranging tasks on Carter's first album, he serves as producer on Ruby Shoes. The resulting sound is considerably more refined and thorough than Dieter Dierks' efforts on the former. It doesn't hurt, either, that the material here is less calculated and more spontaneous.

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