|Personnel: Irene Cara (vocals, piano, background vocals); Gordon Grody (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Annie Sutton, Phillip Ballou, Gail Boggs, Chrissy Faith, Luther Vandross, Ron Dante, Babi Floyd, Robin Clark, Frank Floyd, Bruce Roberts (vocals, background vocals); Josh Schneider, Tawatha Agee (vocals); Paul Shaffer (guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards); Leon Pendarvis (guitar, piano, synthesizer); Harold Wheeler (guitar, piano); Hiram Bullock (guitar, Clavinet, keyboards); William Seidman, Hugh McCracken, Jeff Mironov, Jimmy Ripp, Joe Caro, John Tropea (guitar); Steve Robbins (piano); Don Groinick (Clavinet); Don Grolnick (keyboards); Ed Walsh (synthesizer); Chris Parker , Leo Adamian, Ronald Zito, Andy Newmark, Yogi Horton (drums); Mike Carabello, Jimmy Maelen (congas, percussion); Tamara Agee (background vocals).
|Two years after scoring hits with "Fame" and "Out Here on My Own" (from the movie Fame), Cara finally released her debut album. Boasting strong R&B repertoire, reputable backing musicians, and solid production, the set nevertheless failed to garner further commercial success for the singer. It's a wonder how her emotive, driving rendition of the Four Tops' classic, "Reach out (I'll Be There)," and the titletrack, a dynamic power ballad co-penned by Cara with the venerable Bruce Roberts, didn't catapult her to a new level of stardom. Her distinctive combination of subtlety and strength on these and other cuts is something of a cross between the raspy tones of Bonnie Tyler and the sensitivity of Deniece Williams. Furthermore, "Slow Down" demonstrates her potential as an R&B songwriter. A solid listen throughout, Anyone Can See is Cara in her prime. ~ Justin M. Kantor