Picks and Pans Review: Let's Face the Music

updated 07/23/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Taco Ockerse, 29, lives in Hamburg, but Ich bin ein Hamburger doesn't sound like much, and he can, after all, truly say, "Ich bin ein Berliner." Last year, combining Irving Berlin's Puttin' on the Ritz with a crisp techno-pop arrangement, he rose to startling international popularity. With his second album, Taco seems determined to make the pan flash twice. Again the showcase cut is a Berlin classic, Let's Face the Music (And Dance), transmuted by synthesizers, vocoders and computer drums. The contingent of computer drum programmers on this record is as large as the horn section. The same robotic reading is given to You Are My Lucky Star and a medley of Charleston, If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie and Yes, Sir, That's My Baby. On the only standard arranged conventionally, the Gershwins' They Can't Take That Away From Me, Taco sounds like Jose Feliciano trying to strangle Johnny Mathis. Collaborating mainly with the microchip musicians Werner Lang and John David Parker-Tanja, Taco has padded the album with seven original tunes, all bad cabaret broadly played. Let's face the microchip, Taco: You can't make a career out of campily recycling standards. Remember Tiny Tim. (RCA)

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