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Jackson skips deftly across shifting sonic currents to create an LP that's about the interplay between opposites: black and white, male and female, mugger and muggee. Though the singer is by no means entirely surefooted, when he connects, he's uncommonly graceful and engaging.

Rolling Stone (US), 27 Nov. 1980 (***)

... a major departure in style, lyrics, and sound. Casting away his previous power-pop label, Jackson casts himself in the reggae/innovative rock mold. ... This album will either disorient or enlighten Jackson's old fans, and ought to attract some aesthetes who had dismissed him as a lightweight; he has grown as a poet and musician.

The Harvard Crimson (US), 4 Dec. 1980 (*****)

Further reviews:

  • Billboard (US), 25 Oct. 1980
  • New Musical Express (UK), 11 Oct. 1980
  • Musik-Express (DE), Dec. 1980
  • Stereo Review (US), Jan. 1980
  • Creem (US), Febr. 1980
  • Sounds (DE), Dec. 1979
  • Stereoplay (DE), Jan. 1980
  • Die Zeit (DE), 25 Jan. 1980
  • Mucchio Selvaggio (IT), March 1980

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