Picks and Pans Review: All I Need

UPDATED 10/08/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/08/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

Jack Wagner

Wagner, who plays Frisco Jones on the soap opera General Hospital, seems to be trying to follow in the footsteps, or at least the vocal tracks, of soaper-turned-singer Rick Springfield. Like Springfield, Wagner has a steely, aggressive rock 'n' roll style and a voice that, when it can manage to pierce the overdubbing by producers Glen Ballard and Clif Magness, seems capable of some nuance. While this five-track LP is full of drearily bland rock tunes—such as Make Me Believe It and Sneak Attack—the title ballad has a tender moment or two and Wagner, at 24, deserves a listen. (If we didn't know this, we could tell because Quincy Jones signed Wagner to his label and Jones hasn't made a mistake since 1967 or so.) Wagner probably shouldn't cash in his soap chips quite yet, but he certainly is far from embarrassing himself. (Qwest).

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