Picks and Pans Review: R & B Skeletons in the Closet

UPDATED 06/16/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/16/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

George Clinton

In the course of his previous albums, funk-meister Clinton has shuttled between very good and horrid, between fine-tuned and sloppy. But R&B Skeletons is a wall-to-wall groove. Strap yourself in for Clinton's patented street bazaar of salacious and playful lyrics set to lethal bass lines. Talk about odd couples: Hey Good Lookin' contains the double bonus of guest vocalists Vanessa Williams, making a credible recording debut, and James Brown alumnus Bootsy Collins. Clinton's longtime design artist, Pedro Bell, has produced mordant cover illustrations for R&B Skeletons. The drawings and text poke fun at black musicians obsessed with crossing over to pop acceptance. But inside, Clinton uses pop-influenced methods of mixing and percussion better than he ever has, thanks to synthesizer programmers Stephen Washington and Z O, usually known as Jerry Moseley. Once uncomfortable with computerized music, Clinton has on this album combined electronics, soulfulness and his own sense of humor. (Capitol)

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