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Picks and Pans Review: Can't Stop the Love

updated 04/08/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/08/1985 01:00AM

Maze

The name of this veteran R&B group usually includes the codicil: "Featuring Frankie Beverly." That's no afterthought since Beverly is the founder, lead singer, writer and producer for Maze. Can't Stop the Love is bland. The up-tempo Too Many Games and the Curtis Mayfield-like single Back in Stride are typical of this LP. They smolder but don't ignite. Beverly's arrangements seem lazy and stagnant. A basic riff is established in the first few bars, then repeated...and repeated. Only I Want To Feel I'm Wanted, backed by Robin Duhe's bass, grows and develops. The best songs, Magic and the title track, show moderate jazz influences. Maze has two new members for this record, giving its sound added punch. But the group still isn't going to win any decisions, let alone knock anyone out, with this material. (Capitol)

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