Picks and Pans Review: Triumph
updated 11/10/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/10/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
It seems as though the Jackson family is out to conquer the music industry, and it has the troops to do it. There was Michael's phenomenal Off the Wall last year, Jermaine's Let's Get Serious, and sister LaToya's recently released debut LP. And now, with Triumph, the Jacksons prove they can regroup en famille and expand musically. Cuts like Everybody, Your Ways and Give It Up are funky, with jazz-tinged horns and Tito Jackson's rhythm chords. Percussion is the hard-driving force in all the songs and it works wonderfully. But the surprise is Can You Feel It?, with almost operatic phrasing by both adult and children's choirs. It is unlike anything the Jacksons have ever done, and it's a sure bet to be one of the hits from this Triumph-ant effort.