Picks and Pans Review: Sweet Sound

updated 12/05/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1983 01:00AM

Simon Townshend

The Townshend family of Chiswick, London has already checked in via Pete, songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire of The Who. Now comes Simon, Pete's younger brother—by 16 years—at 22. This is his first LP, and he has a leg up, with his bro producing the project. Simon struggled to forge his own musical image, writing all of these nine tunes and playing most of the instrumentals. But the sweet sound and lyrical themes seem replete with Pete. I'm the Answer, especially, could have been lifted from either of Pete's last two solo LPs, and Freakers is an ode to clean living that former addict/alcoholic Pete would no doubt endorse. The tunes are mostly mainstream rockers with colorful guitar arrangments, orchestral dashes and punchy vocals. While it should be no surprise that these brothers share artistic qualities, Pete's long shadow makes it difficult to discern where he ends and Simon begins. As a debut, it's inconclusive; as a family enterprise, it's entertaining.

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