Picks and Pans Review: The Big Prize

updated 05/19/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Honeymoon Suite

Honeymoon Suite's New Girl Now was a hit in 1983 largely because of a video version on MTV, but it looked like the work of another of those short-lived groups. This second album from the Canadian rock quintet displays talent that will endure. The single Feel It Again is commercial enough to follow in the Sasquatch-size footsteps of the first hit, too. What makes Honeymoon Suite so attractive is the balance between the leathery-tough guitar of Derry Grehan and the lacy keyboard touch of Ray Coburn. This gives the group the flexibility to rock the house, as on Bad Attitude, or serve up some frothy pop, as on Lost and Found. Singer Johnnie Dee, besides having a perfect rock-idol name, also has an open-throttle voice well suited to the band's big sound. The quality of this record dwindles, and side two is a wasteland. That's not a bad quotient for a rock album, though; it's not unusual to have one decent track surrounded by filler. (Warner Bros.)

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