Picks and Pans Review: Life for the Taking
Even more than most albums, this one by the man responsible for last year's hit single Two Tickets to Paradise doesn't seem so much an artistic endeavor as a merchandisable product. On the cover, suavely holding his half-smoked cigarette, Money looks like some adman's vision of a casually elegant, macho rocker. Inside, he wails unconvincingly through such track-worn themes as youthful hedonism, "everybody rocking and rolling the place," and shooting a bad guy on the Mexican border. Most of it's backed by heavy rhythm guitar, all the easier to be heard over AM car radios. That's where the Money is.