Picks and Pans Review: The Net

updated 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Little River Band

It has been eight years since the first U.S. album by this band, which turned out to be the advance party for the Australian invasion of American pop music. The group's durability—not to mention its perhaps too keen commercial sense—is shown by the fact that nobody else has managed to place at least one single in the Top 10 every year since 1978. The addition of John Farnham, who replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer in early 1982, hasn't altered the group's essential flavor; it's on the order of lite rock—lots of sparkle and smoothness with no heavy overtones. These 10 tunes are all originals by LRB members (and a couple of collaborators). A few of them have an unfinished feel, as if someone came up with one riff or verbal phrase and then tossed off a song to fit around it. But Graham Goble's Down on the Border has a zany appeal ("I never will go to Singapore/The people there will cut your hair"), and his Sleepless Nights has a pleasantly drowsy, bluesy feel. The group's only American member, bassist Wayne Nelson, adds a bright, bouncy lead vocal on Easy Money. Somewhere between the blandness of their countrymen, Air Supply, and the eccentricity of Men at Work, the Little River Band just keeps rolling along.

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