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  • 2 Places at the Same Time [Island, 1986] B
  • Livin' Large [Virgin, 1989] A-
  • Cold Kickin' It [Virgin, 1990] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

2 Places at the Same Time [Island, 1986]
Like disco DJs, go go bands get high on contingency--all the interactive variables that pertain when you try to turn a crowd of dancers into a pulsating mass. So in theory I approve of these live, side-long jams of grooveful quotes and fragments. Except for the ultimately untheoretical fact that once they're recorded, they're not so damn contingent any more. B

Livin' Large [Virgin, 1989]
In which the winners of D.C.'s five-year elimination tournament come to terms with a truth of the recorded medium: unless you're James Brown, and not always then, even a Möbius groove benefits from some variety. With Mother Africa, doowop, Spike Lee/Marcus Miller, Salt-n-Pepa, and white girls adding assorted spice, fundamental romps like "Buck Wild" and "Livin' Large" have somewhere to go go. A-

Cold Kickin' It [Virgin, 1990] Dud