Picks and Pans Review: Blame It on Love

updated 12/13/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/13/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Rachel Sweet

Five people who listened to only parts of this record could come away thinking it was by Olivia Newton-John, Diana Ross, Deborah Harry, Crystal Gayle or Pat Benatar. Apparently Sweet, Akron's contribution to brat rock, has, at 20, realized she can't sing about nymphette love forever. So she's begun to probe for a more grown-up rock sound, much the way Tanya Tucker has done on the country-Western side. This album still includes Jots of teenage trauma. "Nice girls need action/ Nice girls need satisfaction," Sweet blurts on Cruisin' Love. But there is some more grown-up material, too—all of it written by Sweet, Marc Blatte and Larry Gottlieb—including an unexpectedly poignant ballad, Baby Blue. Sweet sings with enough energy and sense of fun to make this album captivating at times, despite the confusion of personalities.

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