Rhino's Lifetime Music series continues with Intimate Portrait: Women in Rock, a collection of 16 songs performed by females artists and mainly recorded in the '80s or '90s. The collection illustrates the fallacy of grouping all female artists under the heading "women in rock, " since there are too many different styles, from soft rock to hard rock, to make this disc really hold together. Nevertheless, it's a reasonably entertaining collection, if it's taken as a series of moments. Not every artist is represented by their best-known material (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are here with "French Song," Vonda Shepard is here with "Maryland"), but there are enough hits and highlights -- the Bangles' "Hazy Shade of Winter," Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," Sam Phillips' "Baby I Can't Please You," Scandal's "Goodbye to You," Laura Branigan's "Gloria," the Pretenders' "Middle of the Road," Pat Benatar's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," Belly's "Feed the Tree" -- to make it entertaining and even worthwhile at its midline price.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine