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Alexander O'Neal: Alexander O'Neal [Tabu, 1985]
From the Timexes who gave the world the new improved S.O.S. Band, a new improved black matinee idol. They start one side with a can't-miss postvulnerable ballad, the other with a can't-miss dance song deceptively entitled "Innocent." The rest they leave to craft. Is this any way to serve a new improved matinee idol? Probably. B