Picks and Pans Review: Florldays

updated 09/01/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/01/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jimmy Buffett

The more he evokes mental images of palm trees and the smell of the ocean, the better off Buffett is, and he's very well off on this album. The most obvious tune along those lines is Creola, which is backed by Robert Greenidge's steel drums. Nobody Speaks to the Captain No More (suggested by a Gabriel Garcia Márquez story) and No Plane on Sunday run along beachy lines too. There's also a song co-written with actress Carrie Fisher, I Love the Now ("The whole damn world's gone crazy/ The moon is jumping over the cow/ How can you help/ But not love the now"). The high point, though, is the sly, lazily reflective If It All Falls Down by Matt Betton: "I never wanted to be/ A man of mystery/ My life's an open book/ By James Joyce and Agatha Christie." Buffett, whose voice has never been the sort to shatter glass, has usually compensated with an ease and sense of humor that make for congenial music. This LP is no exception. (MCA)

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