I remember when Pat came out in '79 when I was 10 and thinking, Gee, she is really great!!! And you think as the years go by and I got older that I would outgrow her... NOPE!!!! Still a follower of her music even in 2002... Now I must agree with some who say this is her best album of her first 4 (ie... CRIMES OF PASSION, PRECIOUS TIME AND GET NERVOUS) with PRECIOUS TIME a close follow up... All are good in their own way BUT there is not really one song I GET TIRED of hearing... okay... well maybe I NEED A LOVER which is right up there with HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT (earplugs, please!!!) She goes from sounding like a heavy metal mama on NO YOU DON'T to Julie Andrews on DON'T LET IT SHOW... Her voice is truly amazing and has really stood the test of time over 20 years... She is so versatile in her vocal ability... I had ALL her albums at one time on cassette but as I go to add to my CD COLLECTION I choose the ones that mean the most to me and truly this one is her finest of the 4... IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is so cool and smooth as she breaks in the middle with some opera... TRUST ME she changes her vocals quite a bit in this record and it is all good... I AGREE THAT CRIMES OF PASSION AND PRECIOUS TIME ARE EQUALLY GOOD but this one has more appeal before she conformed to that mold of only hard rock tunes or in your face songs... there is nary a ballad on any of her records if you take a close look so IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT displayed her softer side as well.... Sure on CRIMES she covered WUTHERING HEIGHTS also excellent but as time passed those slow tunes were few and far between until WE BELONG IN 1984.... Every one has their own opinion... I RESPECT THAT ... but in my opinion this is the best of the 4 before she had to conform to a mold of hard rock in your face songs... I LOVE HER THOUGH.... Keep em coming PAT!!!!