December 17, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

The former Kool & the Gang vocalist continues his slide into safe R&B and smooth love songs with Baby I’m Back, abandoning the effervescent, party-hearty groove that made Kool such a gas. When Taylor sticks with funk (as on ”Some Kind of Woman”) he can hang with the best. Otherwise his songs are as flat as uncorked champagne.

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