Wendy Waldman, 'Love Has Got Me'
Waldman had been part of an L.A. group called Bryndle; this Laura Nyro–esque debut album had backing vocals from her famous friends, including Linda Ronstadt, Maria Muldaur and Jennifer Warren. Although Waldman was acclaimed for her musical dexterity and songwriting skills, her albums didn't sell; she ultimately did better by moving to Nashville to become a full-time songwriter (her most famous composition is "Save the Best for Last," a Number One hit for Vanessa Williams).
What We Said Then: "Love Has Got Me is an apt title for this collection, since its content is a torrent of celebration and includes practically every pop style extant. Wendy Waldman, a 22-year-old Southern Californian who has written more than 150 songs, makes music that doesn't so much exemplify these styles and synthesize them with grace and fluency." — Stephen Holden, RS 146 (October 25, 1973)