Picks and Pans Review: The Eternal Return

updated 06/10/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/10/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jules Shear

This estimable record is going to make a lot of pop musicians jealous, especially Elliot Easton and Rick Springfield. Easton, the guitarist for the Cars, used Shear as a collaborator on his recent solo album. Springfield has often worked with Bill Drescher, who co-produced The Eternal Return with Shear. But neither Easton nor Springfield has ever been able to achieve the melodic charm and bold sound of this LR For the most part, this is straight-ahead writing and producing, encompassing the hard-rocking Change (Change) and the suburban soul of Steady. (Cyndi Lauper co-wrote the latter, returning a favor for her hit All Through the Night, which was penned by Shear.) But Jules also scores with some sidelong maneuvers. The chiming intro to You're Not Around resembles Tom Jones' old ditty, What's New Pussycat?, before it develops into a two-hankie love song. The Fever's On weds a New Wave edginess to what could be a theme song for a cheapo detective flick. Shear is beneficiary of a solid support system. Jeff Silverman's guitar work and the heady drum sound of Drescher's production deserve to be singled out. And Shear has a burnished singing voice. There is a snap and crackle to this pop. (EMI America)

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