Picks and Pans Review: Critics' Choice

updated 08/01/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/01/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>UNANSWERABLE LUST Luxuria, a British duo, spins a fascinating exploration of evil, sin and other crannies of pop music's dark side. (RCA)

LOVE'S LAST STAND Adding a touch of soul to the explicit emotions of country music, newcomer Donna Meade concocts a uniquely affecting sound. (PolyGram)

TOUGHER THAN LEATHER Hot diggity doggerel! The gentlemen of Run-D.M.C. continue to beat their own bad rap. (Profile)

OTHER ROADS After an eight-year absence, Boz Scaggs returns with a bordering-on-mellow collection. (Columbia)

OU812 Only the title is cryptic. This is Van Halen, letting it rip long, loud and right on target. (Warner Bros.)

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