Osmond grandchildren! Yes, the next generation after the original Osmond kids — Donny, Marie, and the rest — is now with us, in the persons of Michael (14), Nathan (13), Douglas (12), and David (11), the four oldest of brother Alan’s eight sons. They’ve been performing for four years, and on their debut album, Osmond Boys, their boyish voices sound clear, eager, and unpretentious, with just the right touch of teenage scorn when (in ”Reverse Psychology,” their second single) they pretend they don’t care about the girl they like.
The Osmond Boys’ music — a something-for-everyone assortment of pop, rock, and R&B, with the now-obligatory touch of rap — isn’t notably original. But it’s clean and melodic, and certainly no worse than many Top 40 hits. Song for song, in fact, the Osmond Boys make stronger music than Maurice Starr’s Perfect Gentlemen, who are about the same age, or Wilson Phillips, who’ve been riding high on the pop charts since the spring.
Only one question remains. In their quasi-hard-rock number, ”All Tied Up,” the Osmond Boys sing ”you tie me up like a sacrifice.” Does that mean their album has to be released with a warning sticker?