Picks and Pans Review: Color of Success

updated 12/09/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/09/1985 01:00AM

Morris Day

Day is a Minnesotan of a more egotistical stripe. Indeed, it should come as no surprise that most of his first solo record is devoted to the wonderfulness of being Morris. He sings on The Character, "Maybe what you're seeing is/A bit of grandiosity on my part/...But if it works for you/Well then, it works for me, huh." Playing the narcissistic Beau Brummell has worked quite well for him as the leader of the funk group the Time and in his role in Prince's movie Purple Rain. Unfortunately, on Color of Success, his music, like his beauty, is only skin deep. Even the best songs, The Oak Tree and Love Sign, have their sprightly charm diluted by Day's musical complacency. Most of the album sounds the same. This isn't a groove, it's a furrow. Morris should spend more time practicing his scales and less time primping in front of the mirror. (Warner Bros.)

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