Chris Jasper

Time Bomb

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For his second solo LP, Time Bomb, Chris Jasper pretty much stuck to the winning sound he used as a member of the Isley Brothers and Isley/Jasper/Isley. The crystalline charmer "The First Time" was the first single, making it onto the R&B charts. The mid-tempo tribute groover "Margie" slides along on innocent romantic leanings. The funk was hitting harder on Time Bomb, Jasper's second self-produced release, than on his solo debut, "Superbad." Keyboardist Jasper makes use of the robotic-sounding vocoder synthesizer, à la Roger Troutman, on slammin' workouts "It's Working," "In Yo' Face," and the playful "Hit on You." Time Bomb is a nice, mid-development glance at Jasper's evolving solo sound that didn't come to fruition until Deep Inside.

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