Picks and Pans Review: Too Late the Hero

updated 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

John Entwistle

He may be the quietest Wholigan. But when it comes to powerhouse rock, bassist Entwistle is about the best there is. For this fifth solo LP he has chosen ideal backups: the Eagles' quirky guitarist, Joe Walsh, and thundering drummer Joe Vitale. Though Entwistle himself rarely contributes vocals alongside Daltrey and Townshend, he is an effective, gravelly-voiced singer. If there is a flaw here it's his uneven lyrics. In Talk Dirty, his attempt at social statement, he clunkily rhymes "revolution" and "prostitution," and "White House" and "Mickey Mouse." In Dancin' Master, a humorous disco spoof with a devastating bass line, Entwistle uncorks such groaners as "Death is nature's way of telling you to stop" and "Set your pacemaker to a boogie beat." The instrumental fireworks on the finest tracks, Fallen Angel and Lovebird, featuring Walsh's unique slide guitar, make that latter line not a bad suggestion.

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