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Huey Lewis and the News
Lewis fairly exudes good feelings. There are a couple of ho-hum tracks on this album, but for the most part it is just about as happy-spirited, loose and infectious as it could be. That's not to suggest it is full of blissful ignorance either. The tune Hip To Be Square, which Lewis wrote with bandsmen Sean Hopper and Bill Gibson, is a delightfully sly, musically energizing tune about pop trends: "It's not too hard to figure out, you see it every day/ And those that were the furthest out have gone the other way." The golf theme suggested by the title notwithstanding, the backup vocals on Hip To Be Square and another track come from a chorus including a backfield-worth of San Francisco 49er football players: Joe Montana, Riki Ellison, Dwight Clark and Ronnie Lott. They seem to be decent enough singers, though they don't appear on the smooth a cappella number Naturally, in which Lewis doo-opps his way through as corny a set of lyrics as ever escaped a '50s singer's mouth: "All the birds have been blue/ They don't know what to do/ Ever since you said goodbye to me/ And the flowers in their gloom/ Have just refused to bloom/ Because we all want you back, you see." Even the LP's hit single Stuck With You ("because I can see that you're happy to be stuck with me") has a good-humored spin to it. This word probably shouldn't get around, but does it occur to anyone that Lewis has become a big pop music star without being a cynic? (Chrysalis)
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