Picks and Pans Review: Mosaic

updated 01/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Wang Chung

One would not immediately think to credit Wang Chungers Jack Hues and Nick Feldman with intellectual sophistication on the basis of their hit single off this album, Everybody Have Fun Tonight ("Everybody have fun tonight/ Everybody Wang Chung tonight/ Everybody have fun tonight/ Everybody Wang Chung tonight"). It probably wouldn't be a good idea to underestimate them though. While most of the other tracks on the LP have similarly infectious rhythmic foundations, Hues and Feldman, two Londoners, can also write such sobering lines as, "The world is a mosaic upon a golden floor/ Moving silently, darkly through space/ And our lives are the fragments and all that's gone before/ Broken jewels in excrement base." This is Wang Chung's fourth album (the previous one was the sound track to To Live and Die in L.A.) and the first to be produced by Peter Wolf (who in the past has collaborated with El DeBarge and Starship). Whether the polish is due to the maturing of Hues and Feldman, who got together in 1977, or Wolf's contributions, the result comes across as the ideal thing for the thinking dancer. (Geffen)

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