Picks and Pans Review: Midnight Mission
This Los Angeles outfit, formed five years ago, raises images of the Rolling Stones, Quarterflash and the Motels, without being anybody's imitator. The group's only remaining original member is lead singer-guitarist Carla Olson. (Go-Go Kathy Valentine was in one of the band's earlier incarnations.) Olson attacks both her vocals and guitar solos with an edgy élan, while Tom Junior Morgan's occasional sax fills add a respectably raunchy touch. Some lyrics are on the socially conscious side, including the title tune about a skid-row refuge. There's also a previously unrecorded Bob Dylan antiwar number, Clean Cut Kid. (Olson got the song from Dylan after appearing in a Dylan video.) The band's energy keeps things from getting heavy, however, and there's a ration of more personal songs, notably See the Light, Luck Don't Last Forever and Running. This is a band with conscience, passion and soul, and the combination is full of heat and flash. (A&M)
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