Jackie Carter

Treat Me Like a Woman

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A native of Mauritius, Carter built a reputation in Germany as a session singer before landing a solo deal. Her debut album, Treat Me Like a Woman, followed notably in the footsteps of Silver Convention, a Munich-based studio group she lent her vocals to. On the title track, producer Dieter Dierks makes a carbon copy of that sound -- patterned by Sylvester Levay and Michael Kunze -- and also snipes some elements from Boney M. head honcho Frank Farian on the gimmicky "Disco Star." These entries are uninspired, though they do benefit from very catchy hooks and Carter's unadulterated approach. Her purity brings a pleasing innocence and tone to stronger tunes, like the mellow "Ev'rytime It Rains," the lugubrious ballad "Heavenbound," and the mod "Let's All Get Together." It's this colorful balance of slow numbers and upbeat jaunts that keeps the album from falling into the trap of easily bypassed filler. The singer doesn't attempt to overdress the three or four weaker entries with pretentious stylings; rather, she employs a sincerity that saves a few otherwise unimpressive moments -- and even makes the title track a guilty indulgence. Still, her 1979 follow-up, Ruby Shoes, delivers much more consistently.

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