Picks and Pans Review: 12 Jealous Roses

updated 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/21/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Dancing Hoods

If you look for signs of genius on 12 Jealous Roses, the debut album by the New York based Dancing Hoods, you'll wind up disappointed. The album lacks brilliant lyrics, shocking sound effects or bursting energy. But the Hoods do have the friendly sound of a local bar band, with enough added charge to propel them off their block, if not into the national spotlight. The Hoods play straight-ahead pop-rock songs about love lost and found with traditional accompaniment on bass, two guitars and drums. While some tunes have a generic sound—(Take My) Chances could be exchanged with any of 300,000 or so tunes—a few stand out. Blue Letter and Wild and the Lonely shouldn't be missed. In Surfing All Over the World, which manages to make the end of the world upbeat, the Hoods predict a giant tidal wave that, instead of drowning mankind, will allow us to surf for eternity. Even the Beach Boys never thought of that. (Relativity)

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