Picks and Pans Review: Fate for Breakfast

updated 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Art Garfunkel

Garfunkel's last LP, Watermark, produced four notable tunes (Wonderful World, Someone Else, Crying in My Sleep and Paper Chase). It was his best sans-Simon effort and a tough act to follow—as Fate for Breakfast proves. It's fine for anyone uncritically enamored of Garfunkel's sweet, sad tenor, here accented by lush strings and guitar trills. But listeners hoping for more than weltschmerzy love songs or lyrics a cut above "In a little while I'll be on my way/So hold on baby just one more day" will be disappointed. Though supported by guest backups like Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd and Tom Scott, Garfunkel produces only a pair of inspired cuts, a gentle gospel rocker, Oh How Happy, and Sail on a Rainbow by Stephen Bishop.

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