March 12, 1984 12:00 PM

Dan Fogelberg

Fogelberg is that rarity among today’s pop-music stars, an incredible romantic. A lot of this intelligent, satisfying album is spent reflecting on love—requited and not quite, in various soft-rock idioms. In The Language of Love, for instance, he sings “She says no/When she means yes/And what she wants/You know that I can’t guess/When we want more/You know we ask for less/Such is the language of love.” There is also a nicely turned on-the-road love song, Sweet Magnolia (and the Traveling Salesman). This LP does include a less-than-upbeat (and, at eight minutes plus, over-long) ballad about a murder/suicide, Tucson, Arizona (Gazette). There is also Gone Too Far, a would-be cosmic composition that includes the line “Look ’round you/What do you see/Six billion people/Where there’s room for three.” Mathematical accuracy aside, this cut is even more dreary than thinking about the end of the world should be. For the most part, Fogelberg is well served by this material, which he wrote, and by his supporting musicians, including ex-Eagle Timothy B. Schmit, Toto’s Jeff and Mike Porcaro and Tom Scott, whose gritty clarinet frills on Sweet Magnolia are a surprise and delight. (Full Moon/Epic)

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