September 22, 1980 12:00 PM

Ian Matthews

Like Paul Simon, Matthews, a 34-year-old Englishman, contrasts a bright, sweet, middle-road pop voice with a taste for mildly jaded, ironic material. He had a hit single last year with Terence Boylan’s Shake It, which was on the bubblegummy side, but Matthews’ first LP, Stealin’ Home, was worthwhile. This time he includes Stevie Nicks’ Crying in the Night, Marc Jordan’s Survival and five songs that he wrote or collaborated on. Heatwave, a light rocker punctuated with some mordant organ fills by “Wynder K. Frogg” (actually pianist Mick Weaver), is the most contagious.

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