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Jermaine Jackson: Jermaine Jackson (Arista)

J.D. Considine, Musician, July 1984

IF MICHAEL Jackson's public persona makes him out as a bit of a dreamer, there's always enough fire in his work to add an edge to even his fluffiest efforts. Big brother Jermaine, by contrast, seems unable to separate the image he bore in the original Jackson 5 — the wistful romantic — from his solo work, and as a result, those efforts have been sorely lacking in punch.

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