La Toya Jackson

Bad Girl

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Latoya Jackson gets no respect -- you can purchase this CD for less than $5 at most online shops, and it's not exactly a dinosaur. Many say she's the least talented Jackson sibling, but how can you say that Tito, Jackie, or Marlon is better? This isn't a bad CD; Latoya's problem is that she's in the wrong era. Latoya's voice would have fared better in the late '70s, when disco divas were anointed weekly. Her light, wispy voice is comparable to, but not as good as, Sylvia Robinson's ("Pillow Talk") sexy whisper. The songs, more than Latoya's voice, are the main culprit here; even Whitney or Chaka couldn't have done much with this batch. The most engaging tracks are "Playboy" (not the Marvelettes song), "You and Me," "You Keep My Restless Heart," and "Bad Girl."

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