Picks and Pans Review: Cleopatra Grip

updated 10/29/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/29/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Heart Throbs

No wonder the debut album by the Heart Throbs became an instant hit in college radio. This British rock combo, including two women and three men, melds two popular (and usually conflicting) collegiate poses: reckless abandon and hip restraint.

The Throbs usually pump out a hectic attack of guitars, keyboards and drums. Yet sisters Rose and Rachel Carlotti keep their cool when they harmonize above the din. As if showing emotion were a crime, they sing of escape and love in deadpan style. In "Tossed Away," amid disjointed images of fertility and destruction, guitars groan and jangle as Rose murmurs with typical reserve: "Silken underclothes crash down on metal toes/ And eyes as big as jars/ Turn hunger into gold/ Then we throw it away."

The band's contrasting attitudes make for arresting music, but their monotonous style is a problem. If the Throbs want to graduate off the college circuit, they should study some new poses. (Elektra)

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