May 23, 1988 12:00 PM

Art Garfunkel

Garfunkel is certainly more than just the guy who used to carry Paul Simon’s spear. This album is a reminder, though, that Garfunkel’s still sweet, innocent-sounding voice has its limitations. He has fun on his own with the old Percy-Sledge crooner When a Man Loves a Woman and Nick Holmes’s The Promise, but the best tracks are collaborations. He joins with backup singers Clif Magness, Jon Joyce and Jim Haas for a mostly a cappella version of the old Tymes hit So Much in Love. Leah Kunkel, most recently part of the Coyote Sisters, teams with Garfunkel for a touching romantic version of the too-seldom-heard Bernstein-Sondheim song I Have a Love from West Side Story. Garfunkel also blends effectively on Slow Breakup with Stephen Bishop, the tune’s composer. The cumulative effect suggests an experience that makes up for in consistency and subtlety most of what it lacks in originality and spectacle. There are worse things after all than being called a team player. (Columbia)

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