Picks and Pans Review: Wonderland

updated 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/09/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Big Country

The critical hue and cry that last year greeted this Scottish band's debut album, The Crossing, celebrated a radical concept: an '80s group without synthesizers or digital drumming, a group whose idea of high tech is plugging their guitars into a fuzz box. The full-fledged follow-up to The Crossing will be released this fall. This EP, which contains four songs, is designed to keep the group in the public eye, but only its title song matches the energy and mesmerizing textures that marked The Crossing. Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson do blend guitars in inventive ways. And All Fall Together, mixed by Jimmy lovine, is given a martial drum undertone, with a chorus that sounds like a plaintive anthem a stadium full of desperate baseball fans might sing. If nothing else, Big Country's sound is still refreshingly different. (Mercury-Polygram)

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