Picks and Pans Review: Peter Frampton
updated 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
In Wayne's World 2, Mike Myers holds up a vinyl copy of Peter Frampton's 6 million-selling 1976 disc, Frampton Comes Alive!, and says with the cheesiest of grins, "In the suburbs in the '70s, you were issued a copy of this. It came in the mail with free samples of Tide."
Most folks over 30 probably chuckle knowingly, as surely as they still hold a soft spot in their heart for Aerosmith, that other omnipotent mid-'70s act. But while Aerosmith still manages (most of the lime) to summon the old flash and power, Frampton, once a guitarist for Britain's bluesy Humble Pie, has morphed into a middle-aged Bon Jovi. On this, his first album since 1989, numbingly trite lyrics about finally finding true love ("But when I thought I couldn't carry on anymore/ It all comes down to you") merge seamlessly with adult contemporary arena rock: a few thumps, nothing too threatening and virtually none of the former guitar god's bluesy flourishes. The result, at times, sounds like Phil Collins pitching a hissy fit. Unfortunately, but for the mid-tempo boogie of "Out of the Blue," the most interesting sounds captured here are those of ocean waves and a few crickets that turn up in the background on an instrumental cut. (Relativity)