Picks and Pans Review: Instincts
If you've ever watched a chicken turn in a rotisserie, juicy beads glistening on its browning skin, you have an image for the sensuous musical heat generated by Romeo Void. The San Francisco five-some, led by cool, canny vocalist Deborah Iyall, creates the same thick textures as U2 and Simple Minds. But the Void is rooted in a well-oiled bass-and-drum tandem and the licking-flame accents of saxophone and echoey guitar. Out on My Own launches the album by massing all these virtues at once. Its intensity and swiveling bass line can make you leap onto a dance floor. The band lowers the temperature on Just Too Easy, snaking along as Iyall talk-sings a lover's list of grievances. There's more though—the album is weakened by two static mood pieces, one on each side. Fine as the other seven cuts are, the album hardly needs two intermissions. (Columbia)
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