Navarro

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Navarro played on Carole King's new-agey, meditative albums Simple Things and Welcome Home, and also recorded this album on the King-owned Capitol subsidiary Avatar. Their sound is a kind of sub-Eagles soft rock, characterized chiefly by the use of flutes on nearly every track and pinched, whiny tenor vocals. At this point, they had a lot in common with their mentor, King, including a penchant for dippy lovespeak lyrics and an almost childlike lack of cynicism. While they should be applauded for their refreshing lack of cool, Navarro are stultifyingly dull. "Laying My Life Down," "You," and "Caught in the Door" prove that sometimes musicianship just isn't enough. There's no zest, no vigor, no passion. After 30 minutes of these thoroughly earnest love songs and eco-balladry, you'll be craving some thrash metal.

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