Picks and Pans Review: Welcome to the Wrecking Ball
updated 04/06/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/06/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
This LP, Slick's second solo effort since parachuting out of the Jefferson Starship, shouldn't do anything to damage her reputation for hard landings. All 10 songs are accompaniments for demolition, including TNT guitar licks, jackhammer drumming and pulverizing vocals delivered with Grace's distinctive rock-mama rasp. Loud though it is, the LP is short on innovation, and the once-amazing Grace's performances sound unconvincing. The songs, all written by lead guitarist Scott Zito (Slick shares credit on four), are clichéd and hackneyed. Happily, Grace has swallowed her pride, given up top billing and boarded the Star-ship again, singing backup vocals on their new LP, due out next week. That's a good idea—her talents were always better used aloft.