Album review: Doobie Brothers, Cycles (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 21, 1989

By Steve Newton

For those who yearn for the early- to mid-’70s heyday of the Doobie Brothers, this new LP will provide plenty of friendly flashbacks to the days of Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. Now that Michael “Mellow” McDonald has left the fold, the Doobies are back to the freewheelin’, guitar-based sound of old.

At times they sound almost too much like their former selves (they nearly turn the Isley Brothers’ “Need a Little Taste of Love” into a remake of 1975’s “Eyes of Silver”) and Tom Johnston’s “The Doctor” is a mite too blatantly commercial for these ears.

But the classy, feel-good tunes written and sung by Patrick Simmons (“Take Me to the Highway”, “I Can Read Your Mind) make up for the weaknesses on Cycles.

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