Picks and Pans Review: Daydreaming

updated 04/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Morris Day

He's back. Confident verging on arrogant. Narcissistic and egomaniacal. So far this sounds like Sting. But wait, amid all the preening and bragging, there's a strong sense of humor lurking in here—something no one has ever accused Sting of possessing. So this must be Morris Day. The sharp-dressed soul man continues to make a career out of the self-absorbed character he created with his former band, the Time, and perfected in Prince's film Purple Rain. Day still has the image down cold (check out the cover photos on the album), even if he's muted the attitude a little since his first solo album, The Color of Success. But once again, he's skimped on the music. His voice also seems to have grown blander. At least Daydreaming has two catchy tunes, Fishnet and Love Is a Game. Both were produced by and written with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson's guides to the promised land and Day's former Time bandmates. Otherwise the album is full of lackluster R&B grooves. The slow mood of A Man's Pride is interesting as a change of pace, for example, but the arrangement soon becomes repetitive, then pompous. It also contains some atrocious female harmonies. Maybe Morris made the ladies sing off-key. He's the kind of guy who doesn't like to be upstaged. Even by his own music. (Warner Bros.)

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