Album Review

Crosby Loggins, ‘Time to Move’

July 13, 2009
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Crosby Loggins Time to Move
ESSENTIAL “Time To Move’’

As the son of sensitive singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins and winner of MTV’s dubious “kids of famous people’’ reality TV show “Rock the Cradle,’’ Crosby Loggins carries hefty luggage on his solo debut, “Time to Move.’’ But the 28-year-old confidently sets it aside from the first note of this appealing collection of midtempo pop-rock. While Loggins displays traces of his dad’s vocal tenderness, the timbre of his resonant tenor actually has more in common with James Taylor, and his falsetto is in line with a more recent role model, John Mayer. He also brings a touch of jazz to the proceedings with hints of smoke and elegance in that voice. The songs themselves are a tuneful lot with nimble musings on love (“Heaven Help Me’’) and the expectations of filling big shoes (“Good Enough’’). Unfortunately, a few tracks settle into that innocuously enjoyable but interchangeable mold mastered by Mayer, who contributes a satisfying series of little guitar explosions on the soaring title track. Two reaches for the Beatles brass ring result in one success - the whimsical “You Want to Be With Me’’ - and one cutesy tune - “Only One’’ - that comes closer to Plain White T’s territory. (Out tomorrow) SARAH RODMAN

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a review of Crosby Loggins’s new CD misidentified the MTV show he appeared on. It was “Rock the Cradle.’’