Picks and Pans Review: The Fruits of Our Labor

updated 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Various artists

They call it New Age music, but the increasingly popular amalgam of technojazz, shmaltz and throwaway sound track phrases is, in such abysmal incarnations as this, more like New Muzak. There are 16 cuts on this 89-minute double album, and there is hardly one musical idea that is resolved. The closest thing to coherence is flutist Sulubika's African Samurai, which almost seems to be getting something together before it too wafts off into ethereal music-to-punch-clouds-by. The other performers represented, such names as Penny Little, Steve and Bob Kindler and Paul Greaver, are apparently successful in the California New Age music scene and have some respectable credits. Violinist Steve Kindler, for example, toured with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. But they aren't likely to win converts with this stuff. Listening to the record is like reading a 700-page novel with no verbs. (Global Pacific)

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