Personnel: Steve Forbert (vocals, acoustic guitar); Steve Burgh (electric guitar); Robbie Kondor (keyboards); Barry Lazarowitz (drums).
Recording information: Skyline Studio, New York, NY; The Power Station, New York, NY; Woodland Sound, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Lynn Goldsmith.
Steve Forbert hit quite a few stylistic bases on his fourth, self-titled album, maybe too many. From the horn-filled, Motown-tinged "Ya Ya (Next to Me)" to a faithful cover of Jackie DeShannon's mid-'60s classic "When You Walk in the Room" to the lush, string-heavy "Oh So Close (And Yet So Far Away)" to the up-tempo country two-step "You're Darn Right," Forbert couldn't be pinned down to a genre (certainly not folk-rock). But there was too little of the spunky tone of songs like "It Takes a Whole Lotta Help (To Make It on Your Own)" that had sparked Forbert's previous albums. (Unfortunately, Forbert's proposed fifth album was rejected by his record company in 1984, and it took him six years to follow this album.) ~ William Ruhlmann