Dance jocks couldn't ask for a more accommodating album than Melba Moore's "The Other Side of the Rainbow." It's already yielded the hit single "Love's Comin' At Ya," and much of what remains on the album is bright, bouncy, danceable and thoroughly disposable.
Whatever Moore's gifts as a singer, they're all but lost on this record where the backbeat reigns supreme. The arrangements lean so heavily on hand-clap percussion that Moore might as well be a faceless background vocalist: Her input is purely cosmetic. Alternating between sensuous phrasing and octave-leaping acrobatics, she spends most of her time weaving around the stressed beats and mouthing inconsequential lyrics that are almost interchangeable. The regimented rhythms leave little room for expression, let alone memorable melodies.
Apart from the pleasantly inspirational title track and a mediocre cover version of the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself," Moore plays it safe, content to focus her attention on the dance floor and its commercial potential. Unless you're up on your feet, disappointment awaits you on "The Other Side of the Rainbow." ON RECORD, ON STAGE THE ALBUM MELBA MOORE -- The Other Side of the Rainbow (Capitol ST-12243). THE SHOW MELBA MOORE, Saturday at 8 and 11:30 at the Warner Theater.