Picks and Pans Review: Sands of Time

updated 07/07/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/07/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The S.O.S. Band

Students of the music charts know that the hottest tandem in the black music field is the production-composing team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Their recent credits include hits for Janet Jackson and the Force M. But the pair's closest working relationship is with the Atlanta-based S.O.S. Band. That helps make Sands of Time a smooth and earthy triumph, the band's best album since the popular On the Rise LP in 1983. Songs such as Nothing but the Best and No Lies perk along with compelling beats and gripping melodic hooks. Meanwhile S.O.S. lead singer Mary Davis' ringing voice glides over the extended grooves that are the signature of Jam and Lewis. Their touch is all the more impressive when you hear the two lifeless tracks on the LP that S.O.S. produced for itself. The band should be glad they're the Jam-Lewis team's pet. (Tabu/CBS)

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