Picks and Pans Review: Tough All Over

updated 07/01/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1985 01:00AM

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

P.F. Kluge's suspenseful mystery novel, Eddie and the Cruisers, concerned the demise of an electrifying rock singer from the South Jersey shore. The resultant 1983 film, which quickly disappeared from theaters but was a 1984 summer cable TV smash, played up rather shamelessly the hero's similarities to the Garden State rocker who is currently the world's most famous newlywed. This identification was aided immeasurably by the strikingly Springsteenish sound track provided by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. With their first studio album, Cafferty and the band, from Narragansett, R.I., still seem to be a group in search of an original style. While Voice of America's Sons and C-I-T-Y are hard-driving rhythm and blues punctuated by Bob Cotoia's keyboard playing, the rousing energy of these tracks is not sustained over the entire album. On Cafferty's more formulaic efforts, it becomes especially apparent just how lame Michael Antunes' sax sounds, and how often Gary Gramolini's guitar solos seem underachieving. The record contains enough tangy, top-down convertible music to motivate a disc jockey this summer, but it isn't going to inspire any new musical movements. (Scotti Bros.)

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