Utilizing New Kids on the Block for two tracks on this album doubtlessly helped catapult Tommy Page to short-lived American stardom, but he shows that he can hold his own on the remaining, memorable songs. Paintings in My Mind is a fresh, innocent album full of youthful longings, all painted in melodic pop style. The tunes penned with New Kids members, "I'll Be Your Everything" and "Turn On the Radio," are indeed good, but there are other treasures to be found. "You're the Best Thing," with its cheerful saxophone, and the title track's sweet simplicity allow Page's crisp, tender voice to gleam. Whether crooning about the picture on the wall of the girlfriend he's in danger of losing, calling the radio station for a dedication, or walking dreamily on a white sand beach, he reminds us of how vulnerable and pure the young heart can be. Often old-fashioned without sounding worn out, Paintings in My Mind is top fare for the teen pop crowd.
AllMusic Review by Peter Fawthrop
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