Barbara Markay

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This zealous studio triathlete became a little tripped up with the cult of self-worship and turned all her interests into a "metaphysical" pop record. Although the synthetic frenzy gets busted up nicely with some cool horns by Tom Malone, there's way too much of too little going on, with embarrassing lyrics about empowerment and a relentless, aerobics-class beat. "Woman of Light" is a kitchen-sink extravaganza of electronic piano and female affirmation, as is "Boogoyaga" and several other cuts featuring Gumbi Ortiz, playing drums like a machine. Although Barbara has enjoyed successes in Holland and France (with her hit "I Don't Wanna Be a Zombie") and graced the stages of Saturday Night Live with the house band at intervals, this hyper "message music" trails an already odd career comprised of forays into folk, country, disco, comedy (!), blues, and Latin music. Weirdly reminiscent of some crossover pop/R&B radio aesthetic from the late '70s without being retro, or interesting, or anything.

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