Picks and Pans Review: Blue Tomorrow

updated 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Swimming Pool Q's

This Atlanta-based quintet is smart enough not to reveal the logic behind their strange name. They know that the best way to pique the public's curiosity is to refuse to tell everything about themselves. The same rule applies to many of their songs. The lyrics are an enigma. They sound beautiful and intelligent, but even after several spins on the turntable, the meaning remains obscure. Often, this works to their advantage. Pretty on the Inside ostensibly describes the architecture in a woman's home but it could just as well be an alluring guide to the female anatomy. The best song, Wreck Around, catches that fleeting moment when the mind nearly grasps the meaning of life. The Q's music is much more accessible but just as difficult to categorize. One song has heavy-metal overtones, another sounds countryish, and such odd instruments as the harmonium and the electric dulcimer give a unique style to a few numbers. Still pop rock seems to be pervasive on the album. Though singer Jeff Calder's voice isn't particularly special, Anne Boston enriches several tunes with her smooth alto. Her voice resembles Christine McVie's and helps make the band sound like an exotic, '80s-style Fleetwood Mac. The Q's new album (their second) may be too highbrow to please the masses as Fleetwood Mac once did, but their Blue Tomorrow should win them greater fame today. (A&M)

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