Picks and Pans Review: I'll Prove It to You

updated 06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/27/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Gregory Abbott

Abbott got a late start on his musical career, but with two smoothly satisfying albums of pop-soul in a row, he's rapidly making up for lost time. Abbott has a thin, pretty falsetto and an emotionally fiery tenor. The rocky spots he sometimes encounters while making the transition between them is his one noticeable weakness as a singer. His appeal doesn't lie in his voice, though, or in his basic, unadulterated arrangements. His trump is a knack for writing catchy little melodies that crawl right in your ear and declare squatters' rights. Songs like Prisoner of Love and Runaway cozy up so familiarly that even the first time you listen to them you could swear you've heard them somewhere before. Back to Stay and the delightful title track verge on bubble-gum pop. Crazy Over You has an atmosphere as thoroughly redolent of the late '50s as drive-in movie theaters. Abbott's art is neither original nor provocative enough to command a large measure of respect. But he's an absolute pleasure to while away a few hours with. (Columbia)

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