Picks and Pans Review: Rather Be Rockin'

updated 02/04/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/04/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST


A promising, dynamic group based in Chicago, Tantrum performs much more exhilaratingly than its members write. The three women, who sing solos in Ronstadt-like style and harmonize with precision, are particularly ill-served by uninspired melodies and such couplets as: "We could be out doing the town/ Looking for action that's to be found," "You are the world to me/ The only one I see" and "Listening to the radio and news update/ I hope the arrival isn't late." Sammy and Susie and Applaud the Winner are a little less lyrically stultifying, and Runnin' moves so vigorously the words don't matter. But this, the group's second LP, is a classic case of the folly of egocentric musicians (or stingy ones out to keep the composer royalties for themselves) who seem to think nobody wrote any songs until they came along.

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