By James Bernard
Updated July 31, 1992 at 04:00 AM EDT

Eric B. & Rakim have gone back to the well too many times, retaining the technique without maintaining the energy. After their groundbreaking 1987 debut, they’ve stayed put with Rakim’s laid-back chilly delivery and Eric B.’s James Brown collection. On their fourth album, Don’t Sweat the Tecnique, they’ve added explicit appeals and a touch of jazz to ”Teach the Children.” If the entire collection maintained the roller coaster rush of ”Teach” or ”Casualties of War,” no one would mind — but it doesn’t.