Picks and Pans Review: Life as We Know It

updated 03/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

REO Speedwagon

After 16 years together, this quintet has its act down pat, and there is a pleasurably eclectic approach to some of its material. Over the Edge, for instance, echoes the Rolling Stones. New Way To Love could conceivably be a Foreigner track. Variety Tonight might be something a soul group—Cameo, perhaps—might have put out when they were in a particularly white mood. The tunes all move along smartly, and drummer Alan Gratzer is a versatile foundation man. As long as you don't listen to the words too carefully, a good time can be had by all. Most of the 10 tunes on the album were written by band members, and they go along the convoluted lines of "Love without hate is a little like light without heat." Somebody might consider telling these guys that it's not against the Top-40 rules for performers to pay attention to the words they're singing. (Epic)

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