Picks and Pans Review: Secret Agent

UPDATED 08/20/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/20/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

Robin Gibb

It would be misleading to call this a solo album. As almost everyone knows, the Australian fauna known as the Brothers Gibb, with the exception of Andy, travel in a pack. On Secret Agent, Maurice helped out with the producing, songwriting and singing chores, as well as on keyboards, but it matters not. Robin ain't rockin'. There are some clever moments harmonically on Boys Do Fall in Love and Livin' in Another World, but every time the music seems about to approach take-off speed, it thuds back onto the runway. The title will remind some of Johnny Rivers' 1966 theme song from the cult TV series Secret Agent. That song was everything that Robin's Secret Agent is not—raucous, rough-edged and memorable. (Mirage)

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