February 14, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Lean Into It

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Atlantic
genre
Metal, Rock
We gave it a C+

On its sophomore album, Mr. Big has covered all the hard-rock bases in search of a hit. There are lively, gutsy tunes like ”Never Say Never,” a mellow, radio-friendly number in ”CDFF — Lucky This Time,” and the weepily romantic ”Just Take My Heart.” And since the quartet sports two virtuoso players — guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan — there’s a lot of instrumental fanciness sprinkled throughout. On ”Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy,” the two even play their instruments with cordless drills in harmony (”Don’t try this at home, kids,” the lyric sheet warns). Lean Into It was released last March, but none of these tricks was able to keep it on the charts until the recent release of the single ”To Be With You.” This simple little ballad features acoustic guitar and hand-clap percussion, and is by far the best song on the album. So much for formulas and fretwork, eh, boys? C+

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