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Imagination

  • Body Talk [MCA, 1982] B+
  • In the Heat of the Night [MCA, 1982] B+
  • New Dimension [Elektra, 1984] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Body Talk [MCA, 1982]
Possessed of a sweet, undemanding falsetto, not unlike those of second-string Miracle Billy Griffin and second-string Temptation Damon Harris, black Englishman Leee John knows better than to be expressionistic--this music is just as sweet and just as undemanding, anchored by simple keyboard hooks and drum patterns and never venturing beyond a croon in tempo, volume, or message. Even those entranced by his trio's current dance hit, "Just an Illusion," might as well buy the album--the formula actually gathers charm over a whole side. B+

In the Heat of the Night [MCA, 1982]
Most English disco albums project the music into a chrome-plated video-game "future"; this one conjoins it to a flesh-and-blood rock and roll "past." Sweeter and simpler--but no dumber--than their alienated-adolescent counterparts across the color line. Leee John and friends depict themselves on the cover as Flash Gordon-style gladiator-cosmonauts on an endless keyboard into space, but they're love men and almost soul men nevertheless, and one more hook as hypnotic as "Just an Illusion"'s would have every android from here to Triton making out on the couch. B+

New Dimension [Elektra, 1984]
This sensuous trio still enjoy their work, but though they get off some insinuating touches, it's hard to remember any single one when the act is through. I don't believe that's how sex should be. C+