An interesting cross between Karen Carpenter and Toni Tenille, with quite a bit of Paul Williams' emotional and compositional sense, Linda Brooks more than once tends to a Thom Hartmannesque sentimentality that's a lot more needed in these times than most suspect. Not Gonna Take It, however, kinda turns those tables and addresses "all those advice-givers who think their way is the only way", to which Brooks replies: "It isn't", and she's "not gonna take it this time". Nice. A sense of strength amid the times' PC sentiments much too profligately invading our social climate.
There's also a good deal of Helen Reddy and Melissa Manchester here, which is to say the overriding vibe is chart / mainstream but, in Brooks' case, from a folk-ish bent. Every once in a while, a bit of Joan Baez peeks out (Leaving), which should indicate the level of the singer's tone and control. The build-ups and releases, working to plateaus that settle back down to clear-eyed calm, are perfectly in tune with her instrumental base: piano, which she plays on half the cuts. Should I hear any of these tracks on one of The Wave staions, it won't surprise me a bit.
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