Picks and Pans Review: Dreamtime

updated 11/16/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/16/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tom Verlaine

Nothing sounds so obtuse and dated as something flagrantly hip that's fallen out of fashion. Such is the fate of Punk Godfather Verlaine, the guitarist-singer-composer who once led the New York band Television. When he surfaced in the early '70s playing clubs on the underground circuit, the energetic combination of his hallucinatory verbal meanderings, adenoidal singing and raw instrumental accompaniments seemed visionary, if not pleasant. But now that we have the smooth pop of Christopher Cross, Verlaine's experimentation seems merely adrift and a little desperate.

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