Picks and Pans Review: The Colour Field

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

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

The Colour Field

For those adventurous enough to seek out lesser-known rock bands but not adventurous enough for anything too far out, the Colour Field is a great discovery. The band sings easy, accessible pop songs backed by a pleasant mix of electric and acoustic guitars. This six-song mini-LP sounds slight next to Virgins and Philistines, the band's 1985 album, which overflowed with snappy songs. Still, the new package merits a listen. Lead singer Terry Hall, formerly of the Specials and Fun Boy Three, has an expressive British accent and an emotive voice. He sounds sincere on Faint Hearts and Armchair Theater, both songs about one of his favorite subjects: the hypocrisy of liberals who back all the right causes but fail to take action. But then he's slick enough to join the Wham! school of music on Things Could Be Beautiful. A mindless yet enjoyable dance number, it comes close to being the kind of irresistible pop song that could push this band past the discovery stage. (Chrysalis)

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