Greg Sandow
February 16, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

High Wire

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ernie Isley
Producers
Elektra

We gave it a C+

You have to admire this guy. As an Isley, he’s young (the Isley Brothers started in 1959; he joined them in 1969), but in pop music terms he’s a grizzled pro.

And still he’s optimistic, almost painstakingly so. He calls one of his songs here ”Rising from the Ashes.” And in the title cut he says he’s changing from a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Warner Bros.

Meanwhile, in his better songs, the rhythm bubbles and the voice and guitar soar. The trouble is that the better songs are relatively few. And the transparent sincerity gets to be a bit much.

Penguin Press

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