Picks and Pans Review: Playing to Win

updated 03/18/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/18/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

Little River Band

One of the tracks on this album by the Australian rock sextet is Relentless, which is appropriate, since the LP starts on a surging note and keeps driving. That's not all bad—the title song and Piece of the Dream are the best kind of energizing rock-but the pace is relentless and the songs blur into each other after a while. There are also a couple of message-burdened tunes, When Cathedrals Were White ("The world goes to war/But who is it for/Can we sleep in our beds at night") and Blind Eyes ("Blind eyes are weak, blind eyes are cruel/Look out for number one, survival's the rule"). Those kinds of songs are always hard to pull off, but when there is as little nuance as there is on this album, it's impossible. (Capitol)

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