Picks and Pans Review: Steve Kolander

updated 12/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Steve Kolander

Attention, Chris Isaak fans. There's a new swivel-hipped, forelock-in-the-face loverboy in town. Writing or cowriting all 11 cuts on his debut album, this 32-year-old Austin, Texas, native advises his fellow men to "Listen to Your Woman" ("or you'll lose it all"); he tempts a lover to "Scoot Over, Move Closer" and "kiss me/like they do in the movies/hold me/like you do in my dreams." Kolander's voice drips with pain and desire; his sinuous melodies make for all-season mistletoe. If his music is a bit more cloying than Isaak at his best, there's no denying this album's consistency, emotional shimmer and danceable (sometimes rockabilly) beat. (River North Nashville)

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