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

Bob James

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.

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