Picks and Pans Review: Wayfaring Sons

updated 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Colin Hay Band

Hay was the goggle-eyed frontman for the flash-in-the-pan Aussie sensations Men At Work. Their success was of such magnitude that you may well recognize Hay's voice as soon as you rehear it. Then again you may just tilt your head and puzzle over its familiarity, because the voice is generally scratchier and less agile than it used to be. That abrasion is actually well suited to the gruffer, unadorned folk-rock style he has adopted here, one which recalls Big Country with violins thrown in. It's the fiddle, mandolin, banjo and harp playing of Gerry Hale that give Wayfaring Sons its predominant flavor. Bass player Paul Gadsby might want to consider getting with the program, however. His tubby-toned thrumming is often obtrusive and, on songs like the title track, jarringly off-key. This record may not have the perky pop sound that Men At Work did, but songs like "Into My Life," "Ya (Rest in Peace)" and "Help Me" are no less euphonious. (MCA)

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