Picks and Pans Review: Fever

updated 07/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/14/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT


When your biggest hit includes the lyrics "A blip blam bloogie/ and a blooga, rooga," you can hardly lose any ground when it comes to musical sophistication. So Annabella Lwin, who sang those lines on the tune C-30, C-60, C-90 Go as lead vocalist for the group Bow Wow Wow, can only seem grown-up on this first solo LP. She has her moments, showing some signs of the sexy insinuation Peggy Lee used to make the title song famous. She also lends a little mystery to Magdalen, a tune about a woman in search of romance. This album is much more the product of its producers than it is of Lwin's singing, however. It is full of synthesized rhythm and backgrounds that make everything seem like a mindless dance tune, from School's Out, which is on the mindless side ("No more pencils/ No more books/ No more teachers' dirty looks"), to War Boys, which has some thought behind it. Lwin has a hard time making herself heard, what with all the studio manipulation, so it's difficult to tell how well she sings. In her favor is the fact that she's only 20, which is not quite over the hill even by new wave rock standards. (RCA)

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