Picks and Pans Review: Loverboy

updated 06/08/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT


In a first-rate debut, this Vancouver-based rock quintet demonstrates tight, intelligent arrangements that reach from pop-rock (Little Girl) to R&B posings (Prissy Prissy) and outright heavy metal exploration (Teenage Overdose). Their finely executed reprise of the Fabian oldie Turn Me Loose, dominated by Paul Dean's energetic single-note guitar attacks and Doug Johnson's synthesizers, is already a Top 40 hit. If the band has a flaw that could potentially slow its development, it is that some of the cuts are indistinct and without identity. Loverboy shows some inventive material to go with its fresh sound, but as lead singer Mike Reno asks in The Kid Is Hot Tonight, "Where will he be tomorrow?"

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