Chonita Turner, Jav-Lyn and Lady Lotion
All three of these Dallas-born singers draw inspiration from impeccable sources -- can't go wrong with Franklin, James and Tina Turner. Chonita Turner's take on "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," sporadically catches fire; her five opening songs are the highlights. Jav-Lyn tries Franklin's "Dr. Feelgood," and they close with a personable but limp version of "Proud Mary."
All three women are talented, with the ability to jump quickly from a soft moan to a gravelly scream. Chonita Turner is the straightforward soul shouter, Jav-Lyn tries for a sexy pillow-talk feeling and Lady Lotion works best with a dark, spooky song, like the nice "Damn Your Eyes."
But there's just no focus here, and the band isn't particularly disciplined. Jav-Lyn, especially, is like an endless guitar solo without a song -- only it's a voice solo, which starts to resemble fingers on a blackboard after a while. "Performances this immediate should be cut live," the liner notes enthuse, "because that way, you're almost there!" On the other hand, maybe a studio, where a producer says when to start and where to stop, would have been better.
-- Steve Knopper