Picks and Pans Review: What a Life!
updated 12/09/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/09/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
This is the second album from a promising Sydney, Australia quintet that manages to play raucous rock without being chafing. That is due partly to the folk and pop ingredients folded into the mix—the synthesized strings on Good Die Young, for instance. Most of the credit, though, goes to the excellent playing of guitarist Mark McEntee, who has a broad yet always clean tonal range. Christina Amphlett constantly warps her smokey, skittish voice to fit the mood of the song. On the fine Pleasure & Pain, Amphlett reaches a plateau of passion headier than Pat Benatar's. The Divinyls haven't quite acquired the knack of making each note seem essential, but they're tight enough to bowl you over. (Chrysalis)