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  • License to Dream [Atlantic, 1981] B+

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License to Dream [Atlantic, 1981]
I started with side two, where the light funk of "Get Tough" got lost (soulful John Wayne impression and all) between the inspirational title cut ("Speculate positivity don't turn around") and the smarmy slow one. Turns out there's a light funk tour de force on the A--a mild one, but that's the only way they come. Highlights: "Running Back to You"'s congas-and-timbales interweave, "Hypnotized"'s Latin accent, and the sexy slow one. B+