Picks and Pans Review: Throwin'rocks at the Moon

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

originally published 12/09/1985 01:00AM

B.J. Thomas

Thomas, 43, went through a country phase and a gospel period. Now he seems devoted to undiluted mainstream pop. His voice is suitably bright and sturdy, his approach straightforward. Producer Gary Klein, who has worked with such people as Barbra Streisand and Glen Campbell, doesn't do anything to get in Thomas' way and has brought in songs by such mainstream composers as Cynthia Weil, Bill LaBounty and Carole King. The titles We Almost Had It All and Love Has a Mind of Its Own suggest the tone: nothing fancy, with all the emotions spelled out. The only catch is a song dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, America Is. While it was written by veterans Hal David (who co-wrote Thomas' biggest hit, Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head) and Joe Raposo, it is more often awkward than stirring: "An immigrant's daughter with something to say/Who grows up to be a writer one day—an immigrant's daughter can grow up okay in America." Otherwise, while there's probably no Raindrops or Hooked on a Feeling on this LP, Thomas is doing just fine for himself. (Columbia)

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