Picks and Pans Review: No More Jinx

updated 08/04/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wild Blue

While it's sometimes a little harsh and sometimes a little blurry, this Chicago-based quintet manufactures a fiery, relatively intelligent kind of rock. Fronted by LaCrosse, Wis. product Renée Varo, the band falls somewhere near Pat Benatar's group, though Wild Blue sounds a bit like Quarter lash on this album when studio saxophonist Mel Collins sits in. In fact, The Leather Blues, where Collins and synthesizer percussion are for a time the only backup to Varo, is the most distinctive track. Varo, 24, is the newest addition to the group (whose former name, Jinx, supplied the title), and she is a substantial discovery, with a sense of melody as well as vigor and passion to spare. This album isn't going to open any pantheon doors for Wild Blue, but it ought to earn them another listen or two. (Chrysalis)

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