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Picks and Pans Review: Big Reward

updated 03/01/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/01/1982 01:00AM

Susan Lynch

Lynch, who ran away from home in a Chicago suburb at 15 and has been surviving in out-of-the-way corners of the rock 'n' roll business ever since, has taken advantage of the opportunity she worked and waited for. In this debut LP her singing is captivating. Sometimes she nibbles at lyrics like Debbie Harry, sometimes she chomps on them like Mick Jagger. Her songs have wit. In Drive Me, she sings, "With my rack and pinions, baby/ I won't steer you wrong" and in Street Kids chides, "Well, come on, strap on your hunting knife/Go on out for a little slice of life." Her band, especially bassist Eric Nelson and drummer Nelson Williams, supplies some urgent rhythmic undercurrents. Lynch cites the Stones, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin as her major musical influences. But she's using those influences, not mimicking them. If Big Reward pays off, she'll deserve it.

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