January 10, 1994 12:00 PM

Chris Walker

I Will Always Love You,” “Your Love Is All I Know,” “Someone to Love Me Forever,” “Love a Little Harder”; it’s easy to figure out Chris Walker’s thematic obsessions. Surrounding his soothing voice with equally languid arrangements, Walker’s sophomore album is a gentle murmur, a soft breeze, a tender nudge—and a bit of a snooze fest. It’s not that Walker doesn’t have the goods. It’s just that he’s so sincere, so nice, that he threatens to become the Kevin Costner of R&B: a well-intentioned, New Age good guy, whose rough edges have been buffed to a safe, smooth sheen. When Walker gets around to demanding a little, on the cautiously pumped up “Do Me,” you just know that under his silky breath he’s whispering “please.” (Pendulum/ERG)

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