Picks and Pans Review: Love Zone

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

Billy Ocean

Ocean just floats along on this smooth successor to his popular breakthrough album, Suddenly. The slow love songs on this record complement the British singer's voice. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going, the bounding theme from the sound track of The Jewel of the Nile, is included, but in this down-tempo collection it sticks out like a slam dancer at a minuet. More representative are such ballads as Promise Me and Without You. Ocean is a singing instructor's dream, producing a rounded tone that bears the imprint of his native Trinidad. Wayne Brathwaite and Barry Eastmond, who have replaced Keith Diamond as producers and as Ocean's writing partners, supply warm, cushy arrangements on Love Zone. One warning: The moods Ocean creates are so richly romantic they shouldn't be inflicted on the brokenhearted. (Arista/Jive)

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