Picks and Pans Review: Walk on Well Lighted Streets
updated 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Pop continues to be the buzz word in rock. In this context, the word means melodic, playful, danceable, if not as saccharine as many Top 40 titles. So the fact that Los Angeles' Gleaming Spires are playing pop with a punk pedigree shouldn't scare off fans of either genre. What the Spires have taken from punk is its rhythmic drive and emotional directness. The quartet (two of whom formerly comprised the rhythm section of the English rock band Sparks) also borrows a bit of tight-leather swagger and menace from traditional rockers (Yes I Can, for instance, conjures up early Stones) and synthesizers from the silicon crowd. In A Christian Girl's Problems, the group even shows a sense of humor. The eclectic mix on this album results in a consistently aggressive and high-spirited collection.