Picks and Pans Review: The New Zapp Iv U

UPDATED 12/16/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/16/1985 at 01:00 AM EST


Zapp, the funk outfit fronted by the Troutman brothers of Dayton, Ohio, has always been enjoyable if uninspired. But who needs inspiration when you have the kind of gimmick that marks their fourth album? The Troutmans have drenched their soulful, supple energy in new-music technology. Even the vocals are transmuted by vocoder and talk box to sound robotic and disembodied. The group's new synthesized, chrome veneer sets off their music, which is warm and elastic. The clash of styles is exciting on such songs as Computer Love and Ja Ready to Rock by Roger and Larry. It even makes the balderdash served up by brother Zapp palatable. The band has proved that digital funk works, and it works out, too. (Warner Bros.)

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