Picks and Pans Review: Mirror Stars

updated 04/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fabulous Poodles

"Fabulous" rather overstates the case, but the Poodles have turned in a competent first-U.S.-released LP that is representative of much of the best of new British rock. Tony de Meur, lead singer, guitarist and co-composer of all their numbers, has a melodic sense of humor (as in Oh Cheryl, a schmaltzy number that sounds a little like Herman's Hermits gone calypso). This is fortunate since de Meur's lyrics are predictable, if sometimes a trace raunchy. The group's use of fiddle and mandolin is a nice touch, and production (John Entwistle of The Who shares the credit) is generally good. With a wash and a clip of their material, the Poodles could make a fairly presentable show.

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