Picks and Pans Review: Take Another Picture
updated 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Like that other recent musical phenomenon, Men at Work, this sextet has developed a light, open approach to rock, decorated with happily squawky saxophone riffs. In Quarterflash's case, the charm is enhanced by the fact that the saxophonist is a woman, Rindy Ross. This splendid album should maintain the momentum the group generated with its debut LP in 1981. Included this time are such accessible and lively tunes as Shakin' the Jinx, Take Me to Heart and Shane, a song by Ross and her husband, Marv, that seems to have been based on the old Alan Ladd movie. Rindy, who doubles in vocal cords, handles the lead singing on those three tunes in bright, work-womanlike fashion. But Jack Charles, the group's second guitarist, makes his presence felt too. He sings Eye to Eye and One More Round to Go, in a quirky voice that has an ironic edge at times reminiscent of Randy Newman.