Picks and Pans Review: You Boyz Make Big Noize

updated 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Slade

Gooney phonetics in album titles are a trademark of this veteran British quartet. This is, remember, the group that created that head-banger standard Mama Weer All Crazee Now (a song also covered by Quiet Riot). Spelling aside, the title is a rather pithy description of Slade. It's a sound built on the boom-boom-boom of Dave Hill's guitar and the drums of Don Powell. Noddy Holder (one of the best all-time names for a rock singer) overdubs his voice and reinforces the ham-handed effect with a group choral effect until every song resembles a sing-along in a pub. The Slade touch is most potent on grinding rockers, such as Love Is Like a Rock and the title track. But the group ladles out the same treatment regardless of the song's nature. This gives a lumbering cast even to slower songs, such as Still the Same and That's What Friends Are For. The boys do get relatively sprightly on Sing Shout (Knock Yourself Out). But in general Slade presents itself as the rock equivalent of a dinosaur: humongous, ponderous and with a brain the size of a walnut. (CBS Associated)

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