* *BROWNMARK. "Just Like That." Motown. * * * STACY LATTISAW. "Personal Attention." Motown. Brownmark has impressive credentials. He spent several years as the bassist in Prince's band the Revolution, and was one of the organizers of another Prince satellite band, Mazarati.
He wears several hats on his own debut album: composer, producer, arranger, singer and player of all instruments save for horns and a few piano and lead guitar solos. Some of his vocal phrasing recalls early Rick James, and he even borrowed a signature Slick Rick lyric--"I'm a sucker for your love"--for one of his tracks, "What Do You Want From Me?"
What this all adds up to is a record that has a few high points, such as Bill Carruthers' funked-out piano solos on "Contagious" and the rock instrumental "Stakeout," and Brownmark's own driving bass lines on "Want You Back."
What it doesn't add up to is much excitement. Expectations run high for anyone coming out of the Prince camp, and while that might put an undue burden on Brownmark, that's the challenge he has to address.