Picks and Pans Review: Inside Information

updated 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Foreigner

These four guys would not know a witty line or a cleverly turned phrase if one tangled itself in their curly locks. Typical of their lyrics is: "I want drums like thunder/Gimme guitars that scream/ One woman who can rock me/ Yeah my little love machine." They do, though, have an ear—eight ears, actually—for insistent pop rock that's just hard enough and just sweet enough to cut through the droning sound of most bands. Lead singer Lou Gramm's voice, too, is penetrating and versatile; he handles everything from the light heavy metal of Heart Turns to Stone to the near ballad I Don't Want to Live Without You, with consistent skill and occasional flashes of head-turning power. This is the group's sixth album and first since 1984; given their composing limitations, it would have been nice if they had recorded a tune or two by someone else. As long as you don't dwell on the words, this can be a terrific album to dance, drive or jog to, and at its louder moments, you could probably cut the grass and not miss too much. (Atlantic)

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