Picks and Pans Review: Pinky Blue
A Glasgow band that formed in 1979, Altered Images produces a strange sort of merry-go-round rock, with basic rhythm section backing to the vocals of lead singer Clare Grogan, who at times sounds as if she were a 6-year-old singing with a mouthful of oatmeal. Given her elocution, the lyrics on this LP, the group's second, are often unintelligible. Fortunately, the sentiments seem pretty well summed up in the titles: Funny Funny Me, Jump Jump, Goodnight and I Wish and See You Later. Grogan's posing is not as annoyingly coy as it might be, since she seems to maintain her sense of humor about things; the band's hypersentimental version of Neil Diamond's already saccharine Song Sung Blue is strangely funny. There's also a minimalist 5:40 track, I Could Be Happy, whose simple yet infectious beat indicates why their singles and live performances caused the Images to be almost unanimously acclaimed Britain's best new band of 1981.
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