CD review: Crosby Loggins, Time To Move

Loggins seems to be straining to find his niche. Varying from pseudo-country to power pop to minor-key diary entries, he seems to be trying to impress every mainstream audience at once but the result is that he never quite comes across as genuine.


While be-bopping about having a "Radio Heart," he affects his voice like Back Street Boys alum Nick Carter. Not exactly a role model for vocal control. And apparently having John Mayer as a guitar soloist on the title track wasn't a good idea, because Loggins practically stole Mayer's whole persona when he wrote "Heaven Help Me."


Loggins' lackluster passion as he tries to convince a girl that she is "Everything" makes me think that the guy wouldn't know true love if it bit him in the pants and gave him rabies. And I love a tinkering honky tonk piano, but the 21-second snippet of cleverness in "You Want To Be With Me" isn't enough to make the song worthy of a second listen. Like most of the other numbers on Time to Move, Loggins seems to be obsessed with letting some girl know she is stupid not to be with him because he's better than other guys and is a mess without her.


Wait, what? He's not waiting on "Nobody No More," so maybe he's not a mess? ... oh, wait, nope, he's still a mess. A country/Bossa Nova miasma strums along as he twangs about not going to the same bars and not having polished silver anymore because his lady moved on. Very upsetting, both for him and for the listener who hoped for more from the son of the legendary man with loose feet.


Loggins could have promise. He has technical skill and a pleasant voice, but unless he can hone his talents and decide on a more distinctive sound, he doesn't deserve to make it in The Biz.


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Delilah called. She wants her "Brokenhearted Boyfriend" radio playlist back.

Crosby son-of-Kenny Loggins will not be making music history any time soon. He may have won MTV's "Rock the Cradle" (an easy task when up against artists like Lil B. Sure), but that and a famous last name will only get you so far. His slickly produced full-length debut album, Time to Move (Jive), would fit right into Top 40 radio with a few pretty tunes here and there, but it's uninventive and stale overall.

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