Picks and Pans Review: Yoyo

updated 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Bourgeois Tagg

The name of this quintet from Sacramento, Calif., seems to be redolent of all kinds of exotic possible meanings. In fact it's derived quite simply from the names of the group's creative core, Brent Bourgeois and Larry Tagg. The disappointingly obvious name is the only thing prosaic about Bourgeois Tagg, however. Their second album is a strong, imaginative example of pop craftsmanship and songwriting. They hit much of what they aim at, from the shimmering psychedelia of waiting for the Worm to Turn and Coma to the tender acoustic balladry of I Don't Mind at All. Their true specialty, as they prove on Pencil and Paper and Out of My Mind, is a catchy brand of white soul, at once cerebral and funky. It's easy to go overboard in praising Yoyo, because producer Todd Rundgren has equipped it with such a lustrous surface, as rich and as tempting as chocolate mud pie. Between this record and XTC's Skylarking, Rundgren is bucking for producer of the year. Bourgeois Tagg, meanwhile, seems to be a strong contender for most improved act, Yoyo having delivered on a promise their first record only hinted at. (Island)

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