Picks and Pans Review: Strange Language

updated 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Debora Iyall

Iyall, former lead vocalist for the artsy San Francisco band Romeo Void, composes lyrics that occasionally border on rock poetry. On this, her first solo album, she writes in LA (Remember Me Tonight), "Sometimes white clothes/ Turn the heat on/ Flooding blood rush/ Bear-sized we/ Fill up the night." But then she also writes, "If lightning were to strike me dead/ And thunder clap me in the head/ I'd die knowing that I had the best." Her singing has a harsh, unpleasant edge, so while it's important to listen to the words to get their impact, the listening can be a chore—not to mention the fact that a lot of the tunes seem to be more for dancing than listening, Iyall's former Void colleague, saxophonist Benjamin Bossi, provides the album's most satisfying melodic moments. If all that suggests this LP was rather strangely put together, that's right. (Columbia)

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