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The Secret (UK Oval/A&M) 1979

The Secret, a British duo aided here by three added musicians, pursued roughly the same muse as Sparks, playing quirky, uptempo inventions with witty lyrics and intricate arrangements. Lacking any real character, though, their album succeeds in tweaking the intellect and making toes twitch, but falls short of substantial impact on either front.

[Ira Robbins]