At its worst, the album apes the overblown productions of the Chicago-Journey-Toto school of bombastic pop kitsch, as on "Forever," cowritten and coproduced by the master of same, David Foster.
There's plenty of middle ground: the floating, falsetto-laced Bee Gees clone, "Love Will Follow"; the mild funk of "At Last"; the sparkling nouveau Motown of "I'll Be There," featuring two of the kids from DeBarge on lovely backups; and the very "Footloose"-like strains of the title cut and "Let There Be Love."
As these comparisons suggest, Vox Humana is most notable for appropriating up-to-the-minute pop-soul production styles. The songs themselves are melodically and lyrically minimal. But it's business as usual for Kenny Loggins, who has always been less a pop original than an expert mimic cannily synthesizing the music of the moment.
(Posted: Jun 6, 1985)
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