Picks and Pans Review: Lowdown

updated 03/24/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/24/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Kane Gang

The history of young Limeys cranking out reconditioned versions of American soul music dates back at least to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It is no doubt a sincere form of flattery. Unfortunately the results often fall somewhere between sham and travesty. So it is with this new trio of miners' sons from Newcastle. The best song on their debut album, a cover of the Staple Singers' Respect Yourself, is weaker than the exuberant original, yet it shines next to some of the other feckless material on Lowdown. The vocals are woefully inadequate, the chord progressions are faint, and the choruses are stilted. Left to their own devices, the Kane Gang has a cheap, Anglo-pop style. It's entirely logical that they would try to steal the old excitement of Sly and the Family Stone with a brazen knockoff title, Small Town Creed. Before investing in such groups as this, try supporting your local bar band out there in San Jose or Wilkes-Barre. It's probably more seasoned and certainly more authentic. (Polygram)

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