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  • The Awakening [B's, 1984] C+

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The Awakening [B's, 1984]
It's a little disorienting to encounter a dance music that lives or dies aesthetically by its lyrics--partying's not supposed to be that way. Yet here it is. Back when Winston Henry was a struggling young soca man, he came by his sobriquet honestly; these days he doesn't miss a chance to kiss Reagan's ass or make like "our skin color not get in our way." As a result (?), his groove gets nowhere. Interesting that back when he was a struggling young soca man his "Lorraine" sported as ferocious a hook as the style has known, while now his pop moves are reduced to a certain slackening of the tempo and the occasional keyb texture. C+