To millions of adolescent girls in the early ’70s, the singing career of David Cassidy was of earthshaking importance. But that hardly assures the onetime TV pin-up of a front-row seat in the modern pop theater, especially in light of the extramusical reasons for his former chart success. Acknowledging that his old fans’ taste has probably changed in the 12 years since he last released an album in the U.S., Cassidy extrapolates here on the romantic fluff that once attracted screaming hordes of teenyboppers.
Not surprisingly, David Cassidy‘s nearly generic radio rock is precisely to 1990 what ”I Think I Love You” (Cassidy’s No. 1 hit with the Partridge Family) was to 1970: catchy, commercial, insignificant, and a few years behind the times. The closest this slick formula job comes to escaping the mainstream mold of John Waite/Heart/Journey/etc. is a ridiculous glitzed-up version of the oldie ”Hi-Heel Sneakers,” in which Cassidy slyly alludes to his past. Otherwise, the skillful production (by Phil Ramone, E.T. Thorngren, and others) and earnestly serviceable singing add up to an alternate-universe anthology of hits from the 1980s. C-