Picks and Pans Review: Ready or Not

updated 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lou Gramm

With Foreigner, Gramm's straining, balloon-about-to-burst voice gets a break once in a while. In its stronger moments the rest of the band is so good it takes some of the pressure off his vocals. On this, his first solo venture, he stretches well past the breaking point. Nearly all the album's 10 songs are similar in pace and tone—loud, hard-rocking declamations about the difficulties of love. There are none of the melodic or lyric hooks that Gramm's best songs for Foreigner display. In addition, Gramm's drummer, his brother Ben, is overpowering. When Lou uses his voice with some modulation, as he does on Arrow Thru Your Heart, he can be a pop singer of some impact. This album is mostly noisy, however; the word "caterwaul" comes to mind. (Atlantic)

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