Picks and Pans Review: Indianism

updated 09/13/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Indians

Pop music hasn't been this fragmented since disco and punk conspired to mercy-kill the Woodstock era in the late '70s. Yet turbulent times seem to give birth to daring, fiercely original groups, like the Pretenders, who made their debut in 1979. This year brings the Indians, who can also be heard on the new Kalifornia soundtrack.

Both bands are British, fronted by American women who moved to London to build careers as singer-songwriters. Like Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, the Los Angeles-born Angie Bianca of the Indians has a sinuous, intoxicating voice—a little too acrid to be considered conventionally pretty.

Bianca displays a rare facility for gliding through many of today's most popular musical forms, from the cage-rattling rock of "Bed of Roses" to the melodic rap of "Love" to the cloud-gazing balladry of "Look Up to the Sky." Like all good pop artists, she puts her own stamp on everything she touches. (Polydor)

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