Christopher Cross: Christopher Cross

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ImageWarner Bros.’ executives must have smiled broadly when they signed this Texas-bred singer/guitarist/songwriter. Hit potential oozes from every well-hooked, sophisticated groove on Christopher Cross, which features guest spots by many of the artists it recalls: Mike McDonald, Don Henley, Nicolette Narson, Valerie Carter, etc. I like the album, because highlights like “Say You’ll Be Mine” and “Ride the Wind” peddle a brand of harmonious southern California soft rock that manages to be commercial without being offensive. But I don’t like it a lot, because the lyrics add up to zilch; much of the music is more pleasant than potent; and the band spends more time displaying its affection for Steely Dan than it does doing anything new.

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