Picks and Pans Review: We Don't Talk Anymore
updated 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
Richard has been performing British pop music since, yes, before the Beatles, but his current radio smash, We Don't Talk Anymore, has won him a new generation of fans in the U.S. That fine single, written by Alan Tarney of the underrated Tarney/Spencer Band, sets the pace for the rest of the LP. Buoyant and beautifully co-produced by Terry Britten (who wrote or co-wrote eight of the tracks), it has enough vocal, harmonic, instrumental and melodic "hooks" to merit a half-dozen separate visits to the Top 10. Doing Fine has a pop-funky appeal with pretty layered harmonies, Monday thru' Friday has a wonderfully hard-driving rhythmic bottom to it, and You Know that I Love You is a spirited funk-pop tune with some stinging guitar work. Richard's weak spots on this LP are the sappy British pop tunes like Fallin' in Luv, which starts out strikingly similar to Steve Miller's The Joker but then lapses into Top-of-the-Pops mid-'60s clichés. Still, Richard puts over some slick and nifty pop-rock, several notches above most of the competition.