Picks and Pans Review: Carmine Appice
updated 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
Formerly a drummer with Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart—with whom he co-wrote Da Ya Think I'm Sexy and Young Turks—Appice has struck out on his own with this first solo album. As a singing drummer, he is better than Cozy Cole, who didn't sing at all, and Ringo Starr, who shouldn't. He is not nearly as accomplished, though, as Levon Helm or Don Henley. His singing style, like his drumming, is a little heavy-handed, but that actually suits this danceable, likable collection of not-too-serious rock tunes, from stand-bys like Be My Baby to such newcomers, all co-written by Appice, as Drum City Rocker, Hollywood Heartbeat and Drums, Drums, Drums. There's no mistaking him for a flutist, anyway.