Picks and Pans Review: Xl-1

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Pete Shelley

An Englishman born in Lancashire, Shelley was part of a punk group called the Buzzcocks. His second album on his own is a smart piece of work, blending simpleminded titles such as You Know Better Than I Know and If You Ask Me (I Won't Say No) with attractive melodic hooks and some unobtrusive musical sophistication. He stands up favorably to comparison with some of his better-known countrymen, Elvis Costello not excepted.

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