Picks and Pans Review: Dream Come True

updated 05/12/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A Flock of Seagulls

There is a cynically calculated gamble going on with this British New Wave trio. Attempting to recoup their initial success, the group has made some startling alterations to its diffident synthesizer stylings. First they invited a number of electric guitarists to sit in on this session and give their music a rock impetus. The result is a searing, Pink Floydish guitar that Mike Irving grafts onto the song Better and Better, for instance. Second, AFOS has infused most of this record with a much stronger, pervasive beat than was typical of its previous LPs. These two concessions to popular taste make the band seem less remote. But they don't compensate for ineffective songwriting. The record fluctuates between droning inanity (Hot Tonight) and robotic disco (Who's That Girl; Say So Much). Commercializing touches notwithstanding, the LP is all formula and flourish with no substance. (Jive/Arista)

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