Alicia Bridges

Hocus Pocus

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Bridges tried to fit in with '80s rock trends on this independently released set. Employing lots of synthesizers and various chant-like background voices, many numbers have interesting melodic elements but get quite repetitive. The pouty lyrics of "Bullets Don't Talk" and "I Regret It" aren't helped out by vacuous arrangements that are over-produced; and a reworking of "Under the Cover of Darkness" (originally on 1979's Play It As It Lays) is a far cry in quality from the original. Thankfully, Bridges' adept vocals save the day in a few instances -- but overall, this set lives up to its name a little too literally.