Picks and Pans Review: Because They Can

updated 08/14/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT


The identical-twin, blond himbo sons of the late singer Rick Nelson really don't need a "Kick Me" album title. It suggests the question: Why in the world would they make another record? Having achieved a Milli Vanilli second of fame with After the Rain five years ago, the duo could honorably have entered novelty-act retirement. But Nelson came back. Because it can. With an album that recalls the sort of yearning vocals, acoustic guitar-driven earnestness that made late-'70s pop unbearable. "The Great Escape" comes from the loud-soft-loud school of musical drama. The sole virtue of "Five O'Clock Plane" is that it has the mild wit to last precisely five minutes, 5:00 in album parlance. "Remi" and "Joshua Is with Me Now," to their credit, are instrumentals that banish these anxious-puppy whelp-rockers to the doghouse. Bow-wow. (DGC)

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