Picks and Pans Review: Rockabilly Filly

updated 12/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Rosie Flores

Flores's fourth solo album ought to come with rolls of paper streamers, Chinese lanterns and a big plastic punch bowl. Just set up everything in the nearest high school gym, spin the disc, and you've got a retro dance party that can't be beat. With her bright, girlish voice and pert energy, Flores brings to mind all sorts of politically incorrect terms like "saucy," "spitfire" and the apt "filly" of her title. But the San Antonio native and veteran of the Austin roots-rock scene is too good a singer, guitarist and songwriter to merely push nostalgia buttons. Backed by a lithe, whippy band, she reinvigorates rockabilly, mixing in dabs of country steel guitar, doo-wop, boogie-woogie and swinging blues. It's all breathless fun, and the slow tunes are sexy enough to alarm a chaperone. (High Tone)

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