Picks and Pans Review: Sign of the Times
updated 11/16/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/16/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
Often with James you're talking smooth jazz-rock fusion and classy keyboard innovation. In this case we are also talking boredom, tedium and snoozy keyboard work. Above plodding rhythm backgrounds, the Missouri-born James, 41, plinks through the album in a desultory way at tunes he and arranger Rod Temperton wrote. The only sign of life is when James' old friend Grover Washington Jr. blasts through with a tenor sax solo on Love Power.