Picks and Pans Review: Poolside

updated 06/30/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/30/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Nu Shooz

It has taken a long time for this Portland, Oreg. group to produce an album to follow up the hit single I Can't Wait. It took so long, in fact, it was tempting to think Nu Shooz was experiencing problems finding material. But Poolside proves the crackerjack synthesizer ditty that made this band popular was no fluke. From the first track, this album snaps into gear, and it never comes close to idling. Vocalist Valerie Day and guitarist John Smith are joined by keyboardist Jeff Lorber in creating such frisky dance tracks as Lost Your Number. Poolside doesn't belong in a time capsule with great achievements of our civilization. It may not even be the best dance music to come out of a rainy climate this year. But if the Miami Sound Machine established slick and energetic as the musical flavors of the season, Nu Shooz has served up a heaping helping. (Atlantic)

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