Picks and Pans Review: Wow

updated 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Bananarama

The three ladies' voices often sound as if they had been computer generated—and by a primitive computer at that. The lyrics they sing are on the literary level of pizza boxes: "You've had the rest/ Well here I am/ Come have the best"; "Never give it up/ Ain't life a bitch/ Got to keep on going/ Till you strike it rich." This leaves a shuffly, methodical sort of rythmic drive and vaguely pleasant melodies that make the trio's records such ideal party fare. When they strike up something a little different, such as the Motownish opening of the Supremes' Nathan Jones on this album, the banality of most of their material is all the more apparent. Give the ladies credit, though: Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin have been among the most opportunistic of pop music groups in exploiting the allure of videos. These are three reasonably attractive, reasonably talented women who have made themselves marketable. They're the McGuire Sisters of their era. (London/Polygram)

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