Picks and Pans Review: Hard to Hold

UPDATED 05/14/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/14/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

Rick Springfield and assorted artists

It's damning with faint praise to say that this sound-track album is more entertaining than the movie it comes from. But there certainly is less wasted motion and more intensity in this form. While Springfield may be something of a rock 'n' roll dilettante, he can sing, and the six songs he wrote for the film are serviceable. (There's one inspired verse: "And the great lost art of conversation/Is lost on this man tonight/And the late crossed heart of good intention/Is forgotten in the heat of the fight.") It's not all Springfield. Peter Gabriel and Graham Parker each sings one of his own songs, and Nona Hendryx adds an energetic Tom Scott-Candy Parton tune, Heart of a Woman. If next to those three relatively old pros, Springfield sounds a trifle colorless, he's not just exploiting his hunkiness. Everyone but his hardest-core fans can do themselves a favor by skipping the movie and listening to this vigorous LP instead. (RCA)

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