Picks and Pans Review: Policy

updated 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Martha Davis

Davis' first solo venture proves that not only can a lead singer check into the Motels, but she can check out too. This is a stylish, satisfyingly varied production that should appeal to fans of the Motels, the Los Angeles band Davis led from 1978 until its last album in 1985. While her voice has its limitations, Davis and producer Richie (Mr. Mister) Zito employ it to great advantage, from the rock edges of What Money Might Buy to the drama of Rebecca, about an apparently abused woman who has shot her lover. There are such helpful touches as Clarence Clemons' sax solo on Just Like You, but Davis is never overwhelmed by her support. The variety of rhythm and approach compensates for the fact that so many of the album's songs (most of them written by Davis herself) are so bitter, along the lines of " 'Cause I've been here/ Standing in the rain/ With my heart keeping time/ As the fantasy unwinds." Not everyone will think it funny, though, that the backup singers on one track are called the Gang Bang Gang Ltd. (Capitol)

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