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Peter Wolf

  • Lights Out [EMI America, 1984] B+
  • Come as You Are [EMI America, 1987] B-
  • Up to No Good [MCA, 1990] Dud
  • Long Line [Reprise, 1996] Dud
  • Sleepless [Artemis, 2002] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Lights Out [EMI America, 1984]
Though the big deal is supposed to be the way collaborator Michael Jonzun brings Wolf's r&b into the space age, there's more electronic pizzazz in current Chaka or Ashford & Simpson. Such sweet sleepers as "I Need You Tonight" and "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Here Comes That Hurt Again," all of them originals, sound like obscure Motown covers. In short, a gratifyingly unassuming solo breakaway. B+

Come as You Are [EMI America, 1987]
Wolf's propensity to rev into high gear has always been his undoing. Only when he lightens up can he uncover what little nuance he has at his disposal. His solo debut was coproduced by space monkey Michael Jonzun. It was playful. This one's coproduced by his engineer. It's mechanical. B-

Up to No Good [MCA, 1990] Dud

Long Line [Reprise, 1996] Dud

Sleepless [Artemis, 2002] Dud