Picks and Pans Review: Love Stinks

updated 05/19/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/1980 01:00AM

J. Geils Band

The advice on the jacket to "PLAY IT LOUD!" seems like the instruction on cheap wine to "Serve well chilled." It helps mask the flaws, which include banal melodies and a pointless counterfeiting of the Firesign Theater on the track No Anchovies, Please. Come Back does evolve into a stimulating disco number, and J. Geils himself contributes a decently structured guitar solo to the hard-stomping Night Time, a formulaic blues that is the album's best cut. Magic Dick's harp is always an asset. Yet there is nothing original here. The title tune even recalls that '60s relic, Wild Thing by the Troggs, which isn't really worth remembering.

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