Helen Reddy

Ear Candy

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Why anyone thought Helen Reddy should cut the 1960s hit "You're My World" remains a mystery -- this staid, schmaltzy waltz-time ballad, larded with strings, gets Ear Candy off to a decidedly poor start, and its never quite recovers. Reddy was being produced by L.A. rocker Kim Fowley, who doesn't serve her well. Under his guise, she penned her worst song ever, "I'm a Star" -- a shameful, irony-free, self-regarding slice of auto-hagiography. Its forced, bristling rock strut is unconvincing and hollow. There's little else to recommend here -- and it certainly wasn't mere bad luck when Ear Candy went on to undersell her previous six records.

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