Picks and Pans Review: Mr. Moonlight

updated 03/06/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/06/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST


Like boxers fighting on long past their prime, these rockers from the '70s keep plying their trade even though they know it's unseemly and even dangerous. (Spandex, after all, is a very unforgiving fabric.)

Musically they're a little flabbier, but they still know how to throw a punch. That's because bandleader Mick Jones hasn't lost his knack for crafting terse, canny, hook-bristling rock tunes like "Under the Gun" and "Hole in My Soul." And singer Lou Gramm's urgent, incontinent voice is as bracing as ever. Clearly, though, at this late stage in its career, the band is more adept at slower, more romantic numbers—a pretty ballad like "Until the End of Time" and the measured pop psalm "Rain." That's better: songs suitable for slow dancing. Now you're acting your age. (Rhythm Safari)

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