MORRIS DAY'S first solo record closely resembles his work as the lead singer for the now-disbanded Time. Only this time, the jokes aren't as funny, the grooves aren't as funky, and the bragging has grown irritating.
Having made a bitter break from Prince and his Minneapolis mafia, Day wrote and produced "Color of Success" in Los Angeles, and the record reflects the polished tameness of Hollywood's pop-soul instead of Minneapolis' irreverent funk-wave.
Day wrote only six songs for the record, and he tries to compensate by repeating the simple ideas endlessly until they reach an average of six minutes apiece. In the Time, Day's bragging was exaggerated into bawdy comedy that slyly mocked him. On his solo record, the mockery and naughty humor are lacking, so all that remains is the conceit. Moreover, the L.A. studio pros lack the personality and freshness of the Time. Only the single "The Oak Tree" has a memorable hook, and even that joke doesn't work.
Starpoint, a funk sextet from nearby Crownsville, Md., hired Billy Ocean's producer, Keith Diamond, to produce and co- write its seventh album, "Restless." Diamond leads Starpoint to a polished funk reminiscent of Earth, Wind & Fire. The four Phillips brothers put together some taut dance tracks, and lead singer Renee Diggs resembles Deniece Williams. As respectable as this effort is, however, that's all it is -- it lacks the crucial ingredients of true originality and personality.