Picks and Pans Review: Sportin' Life

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

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

Mink DeVille

The group Mink DeVille is loosely defined as the band that singer Willy DeVille takes into the studio with him. But whomever he records with, Willy, a product of Manhattan's tough Alphabet City area, has a street chic evident in his songwriting and sense of style. His volatile Latinized soul tunes score, whether romantic (I Must Be Dreaming) or tooth-breaking tough (Easy Street). His voice is somehow resonant and tinny at the same time, as if his voice box were a cheap car radio set to receive a high-powered station. The attitude, material and voice all hang together on Sportin' Life, and it makes for a pungent package. (Atlantic)—D.H.

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