Sheena Easton

Madness, Money & Music

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This set wisely emphasizes ballads and midtempo's over fast-paced rockers. Easton can deliver the latter well if given the right song, but her naturally acute tone combined with Christopher Neil's heavy production style often makes for an overbearing sound. It's in a moodier, yet still passionate context such as the intriguing "Weekend in Paris" or the soulful "I Wouldn't Beg for Water" that she's most effective. This album also features her powerful take on "Wind Beneath My Wings" (recorded seven years before Bette Midler's number-one version), and ranks as one of Easton's best.

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