So the wait is over. Catching you up, this unearthed nugget from 1987 features boss bassist Tim Smith, who spruced up the previous Run for Your Life as well, before his predecessor, Kyle Henderson, returned to replace him, bringing the Producers back to their original lineup. This quirky quartet never aspired to anything but ace pop, and that dedication to genuine craft keeps this disc from sounding as dated as the prehistoric fish after which the release is named. But some bad decisions result from the absence of prominent producer Tom Werman: vox man Van Temple sports a Huey Lewis huskiness everywhere, except on the obvious "Who's Crying Now," a decent original in search of a more unique name and presence (a lesser coincidence stems from the Tubes also coming up with "One Good Reason" on Love Bomb). Other bland ballads, like "Out of My Head," ossify into faceless AOR. Luckily, several cuts ("Primitive Man," "Dance on My Heart") retain the picture-perfect snap of the glorious skinny tie and pencil arm era the Producers popped out of at the dawn of MTV. After all is said and done, Coelacanth hardly seems to be the "Renaissance" (reworked and reworded on Henderson's contemporary Christian album More Than the Look of Love) that may resuscitate the quasi-career of the Producers, but this album rewards the faithful with a harmless full-length curio.
AllMusic Review by Doug Stone