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ADELE BERTEI (Buy CDs by this artist)
Little Lives (Chrysalis) 1988

Sparting a résumé that includes stints with the Contortions, Thomas Dolby and Jellybean Benitez, New York singer Adele Bertei made a surprisingly accessible and enjoyable solo debut with Little Lives. Collaborating on both the fine songs and imaginatively diverse production with keyboardist Ian Prince (and others), Bertei dishes out a warm platter of engagingly substantial dance music, adult rock and jazzy soul-pop. Several numbers gain rich, theatrical character from a backing chorus providing answers to her strong lead vocals. Following Laura Nyro into the '80s, Little Lives establishes Bertei as an intelligent and independent voice.

[Ira Robbins]
   See also Thomas Dolby, Jellybean