Picks and Pans Review: The Nature of Things
Narada Michael Walden
If the question is, can Narada Michael Walden still produce music that jumps in a groove and stays there, the answer is indubitably yes. Walden (who gained notoriety as a percussionist with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra) handles the vocal chores more than adequately, emulating at times Michael Jackson, at times Sting. Collaborating with lyricist Jeffrey Cohen, Walden has also created a pleasant collection of songs. He grants himself plenty of elbowroom to pound the skins, especially on the title track and Live It Up, a funk-rock jammer. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme is a dance-able duet with Patti Austin. On the down side, Wear Your Love, one of the Carl Lewis-aided tunes, never recovers from its overblown intro. Still, most of the LP stands on its own, loose-limbed and effervescent. (Warner Bros.)
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