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  • Watts and Paris [Reprise, 1989] B+

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Watts and Paris [Reprise, 1989]
Over a jumpy synth-funk concrète that's kin to Scritti Politti and the Ambitious Lovers, a prodigy 10 years past his clubland heyday and five years past his one-man debut has the world surrounded--not pinned, just surrounded. He wants to "sleep with a precedent," slips into the wrong hole, remembers Ricky Ricardo and Ezra Pound. He dreams he's Paul Simon and wakes up Bruce Springsteen: "My lips were gone my weenie shrunk/I tried to dance but I moved like a drunk." Hope we find out how he dances when he's himself. B+