Picks and Pans Review: Dan Reed Network

updated 04/04/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/04/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Dan Reed Network

We're into some strange territory here, folks, with this impertinent but catchy debut album by an ethnically mixed funk quintet from the Pacific Northwest. The music is polished to a brassy sheen by Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn, the mover from Vancouver who's worked with Bon Jovi and many others. Get to You, Baby Don't Fade and Ritual lock into some very insistent and gratifying dance grooves. Everything else on the album aims for that same spirit without capturing it as effectively. The style falls somewhere between Prince and Loverboy and vacillates rapidly between those extremes, making for a bumpy passage. The band's weak links are in their throats. The singing, however over-dubbed, is plastic and callow. You ultimately pays your money and takes your chances with this album. It's blustery and not terribly novel (if often undeniably enjoyable) music from a group that displays more talent than beginner's luck. (Mercury/Polygram)

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