Picks and Pans Review: Modern Marriage

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

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

The Zummos

You have to wonder if in 1986 having your debut album pushed by Joe Jackson is such a blessing. Joe hasn't exactly been distinguishing himself lately in matters of having a finger on the pulse of popular taste. But in pop music, you take what you can get, and the husband-and-wife team of Vinnie and Janice Zummo got Jackson as a producer, collaborator and booster. The record showcases Janice, who possesses the sort of impersonal drone that has sometimes passed for a female voice since Deborah Harry. Some of the melodies are intrinsically attractive, as on Scusa Me Please and Nightmare, but the cascading, formless contemporary sound the Zummos employ gives the listener nothing to grab. (A&M)

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