Picks and Pans Review: Eye to Eye

updated 03/15/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Eye to Eye

A nice surprise, this LP is the debut of a songwriting team likely to have a long tenure in the pop world. Deborah Berg, 26, a comely redhead from Lincoln, Nebr. and until recently a modern dancer in San Francisco, is one Eye. The other is Englishman Julian Marshall, 28, who cruised in the Brit rock scene until he saw Deborah performing in California in late 1979. Friendship blossomed and they managed to impress Gary Katz, the producer for Steely Dan. These eight impeccable songs are the fruit of their collaboration. Deborah's haunting soprano rides on an instrumental wave provided by Marshall's keyboards, plus studio regulars Rick Derringer (guitar), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Chuck Rainey (bass). Nice Girls, the pick of the LP, is the lament of a woman who notes, "I can't be uncouth, I can speak no trash." This album is all the more attractive because it lures you with musical winks.

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