Picks and Pans Review: Speeding Time

updated 02/06/1984 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/06/1984 01:00AM

Carole King

There's too much schlock on this album. Computer Eyes, another bit of topical pop, is less successful than Anderson's, never getting past the cleverness of its title. Chalice Borealis vacillates between the nonsensical and the dreary. And Standin' on the Borderline includes the line "between falling in love and falling apart," as if Bonnie Tyler's 1983 hit Total Eclipse of the Heart hadn't made the same sort of play on words. King wrote those tunes with either ex-husband and collaborator Gerry Goffin or with her current spouse, Rick Sorensen. The songs on the album composed by King alone, however, are the kind of thoughtful, danceable pop music she built her reputation on. The intricate rhythms and lyrics of Alabaster Lady fit together like a satisfying jigsaw puzzle, and Dancing is a hard-edged track about a man who is "hard-selling what we both know tomorrow you may not be able to give away." King may not be in the musical mainstream any longer but, like her pal James Taylor, she keeps up at her own pace. (Atlantic)

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