Picks and Pans Review: Vinyl

updated 01/20/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/20/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

Dramarama

Dramarama plays the sort of stuff that rock purists love: committed music that will never be turned into a beer commercial, with tough grooves and angst-ridden lyrics about everything from cheating lovers to drug addicts to the environment.

The tunes have that garage-rock looseness of bands like the Replacements or early Rolling Stones. But while many of the songs work well, the album as a whole is too self-absorbed, and John Easdale's voice is pretentiously tortured. The band wears its suffering on its sleeve. Roll up those sleeves, guys, and have some fun. (Chameleon)

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