Picks and Pans Review: Dancing in the Rain

updated 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Frankie Miller

Perhaps this record, his first in four years, will be the one on which those of us in the critic department let Miller be Miller. The Glasgow native's string of solid, highly pleasurable albums since 1973 hasn't stopped a lot of reviewers from proclaiming that someday Miller would unlock his potential with a masterpiece. Go ahead. Hold your breath. Dancing in the Rain is familiar territory: unpretentious, back-to-the-bars rock. Thanks to a gutty band that includes guitarist Brian Robertson and drummer Simon Kirke, this is as good as Frankie gets, which is after all very entertaining. Miller is a master of the three-minute rock format. But it is the collaborations—How Many Tears Can You Hide with Graham Lyle and Do It Till We Drop with Jeff Barry—and the cover of the Temptations' Shakey Ground that are outstanding. Miller's husky voice, one of rock's true treasures, still provokes a quiet thrill. No, he's not a savior, but all his albums have proved to be durable delights. (Mercury/Polygram)

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