Picks and Pans Review: Jr. Tucker

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jr. Tucker

Though Tucker sounds like Michael Jackson with a little less spark and finesse, he can be forgiven. For one thing, Tucker (he's Leslie Jr. to his folks) is only 16; for another, he's from Jamaica, and this is his first American record. The album benefits from the slick production talents of Ray Parker Jr. It's Tucker's vocal maturity that sells it, though. On the Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil tune If It's Love You're After (with Mann himself adding nice piano touches), Tucker shows he can slow down as effectively as he can funk it up.

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