Short Takes: Sep. 21, 1992

MUSIC

Disappointingly Small Step

IT'S BEEN FOUR YEARS SINCE BOBBY BROWN's album Don't Be Cruel marked "new jack swing" as a creative hotbed of black pop. The fresh mix of funky, hiphop beats and bright, soulful melodies set a widely influential musical style, fitting perfectly around Brown's slim vocal talents. Naturally, expectations were out of sight for Brown's latest solo outing, Bobby, which assembles the same producers as Cruel. The album, however, doesn't pack the wallop to distinguish it from other slick R. & B. records on the charts these days. Something in Common, a ballad Brown shares with his wife...

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