Sure, it was tough to come up with a follow-up to their hit debut album, but Close to the Bone
is quite a fine album in retrospect. There is a sense of Tom Tom Club
repeating themselves, but then again, it's a formula that they created: a trio of female singers over bouncy reggae and hip-hop-inspired beats, with a dash of Talking Heads
' art-school sensibilities. "Pleasure of Love" rides the coattails of "Genius of Love," perked up with Wally Badarou
's swirling keyboards. Lyrics are Dionysian and silly paeans to love, equivalent to James Rizzi's artwork on the cover, with occasional dips into social commentary ("On the Line Again" spins a tale of the downside of club culture). Tina Weymouth
and sisters Lani
make good with the harmonies, smooth and icy. Fans of "Genius of Love" won't be disappointed.