La Toya Jackson

Stop in the Name of Love

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This rather sub-standard collection (also released under the title The Dance Collection) finds Jackson trying her hand at a number of '60s Motown classics, among them The Supremes' "Stop in the Name of Love," Mary Wells' "Two Lovers," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears," and her brothers of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." In a few instances, Peter Holm's production is crafty, as on the remix version of the title track, a nice intersection of club rhythms and radio-friendly pop elements. But for the most part, the formula is, well, quite formulaic and redundant. It doesn't help that Jackson's singing is of virtually no weight here and lacks any character or warmth. Unlike several of her earlier efforts, which were musically and vocally inciting even if not of the highest caliber, the output here is purely programmed and lacking in any spontaneity. With only a couple of slight exceptions to this rule, Stop in the Name of Love is only recommended for diehard La Toya Jackson completists.

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