Dawn

Tuneweaving

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Dawn's third album was gifted with what is surely one of the ugliest sleeves ever concocted, unforgivable even if you accept the weak title pun (weaving and cross-stitch are scarcely interchangeable). But delve inside and Tuneweaving remains one of the group's strongest albums, long after you tire of its signature hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon." A medley of "Runaway" and "Happy Together" ranks among their most inspired concoctions, while Joyce Vincent's solo lead through "Easy Evil" is sexy enough to sweep away all thoughts of the group's usual vanilla approach to that subject. Telma Hopkins, too, reveals herself to have been sorely under-used by the group; her "I Don't Know You Anymore" is an absolute jewel. But, of course, the star of the show remains Orlando, who himself turns in some career-best performances, most notably on the harmony-laden "I Can't Believe How Much I Love You" and the almost painfully sincere "You're a Lady." Tuneweaving became Dawn's first gold album, and deservedly so.

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