Picks and Pans Review: Naked

updated 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kissing the Pink

With a new group, points of reference help, so put it this way: Kissing the Pink, which hails from England, hasn't ripped anyone off, but its first American album brings to mind the styles—and caliber—of Thomas Dolby, David Bowie and Adam Ant. The Pink wields synthesizers with as humane and musical a hand as Dolby; it packs some of Bowie's dark theatricality; and it explores the tribal stuff that attracted people to Ant, but with a dewy-eyed, youth-on-the-march quality that is both charming and chilling. The album has sweep (like the Moody Blues minus the bombast and the syrup) and glue—it holds together. Everyone in the sextet sings, including Josephine Wells, who also plays saxophones. Naked is one of the year's most ambitious and interesting rock debuts.

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