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  • Pump the Nation [Atlantic, 1983] B

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Pump the Nation [Atlantic, 1983]
Produced by the System, a/k/a Mic Murphy and David Frank, they got the juice--all three of these young people possess more mellifluous voices than Murphy, and more singing technique as well. But they don't have as much personality--Murphy's synth-compatible vocal style is far more idiosyncratic and engaging than their postsoulfulness. And in the great artist-producer tradition, Murphy & Frank give up two great conceits for the singles and save the rest for themselves. B