Picks and Pans Review: Classic
updated 08/09/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/09/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Gurvitz, 31, a Londoner who has played with such British bands as Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages and the Baker Gurvitz Army (with Cream's Ginger Baker), is a new discovery of record mogul David Geffen. Geffen's hit-finding percentage has soared recently with the success of Quarterflash and Asia. And in spite of Gurvitz's penchant for writing such leaden lyrics as "You're one of a kind/Without you I'm blind," he does have a rough voice-of-experience appeal reminiscent of Billy Joel. His songs are also full of melodic and verbal hooks—easy-to-remember phrases that are the stuff of which commercial hits are made. An example is Classic, a (one hopes) tongue-in-cheek tune that includes the lines "Got to write a classic/Got to write it in an attic." Gurvitz produced the album with his brother Paul, and its spare sound, accented by Don Myrick's saxophone, makes a nice contrast to Adrian's rhythmically insistent singing.