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Donny Osmond

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Donny Osmond [Capitol, 1989]
Donny listened to the radio for a couple of days and said to himself, "Why should all these professional no-talents make the money? I'm a professional no-talent myself, and I've got a name and connections." And in Dony's life the ability to create standard-issue pop-funk is a genuine liberation--he's Hollywood hip at last, and what a long hard road it must have been. But he sounds anonymous anyway, standard-issue, and corporate. After all, the best pop functions as a liberation even when it's formally received--celebrates a formula in ways that are audible, and infectious. The last time this bozo managed that trick was "One Bad Apple." D