Picks and Pans Review: Breaking New Ground

updated 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Wild Rose

The best part about the fact that this new country quintet is an all-woman band is that it's essentially irrelevant. Unusual, certainly. Interesting, probably. But relevant, no: This is just good, solid music, gender be damned. You can even think about Alabama wearing dresses if the image amuses you, so gender nonspecific is Wild Rose's music.

The band's leader, Wanda Vick, is a lively fiddler-guitarist jill-of-all-strings. Her tangy lead singers are Pamela Gadd and Pam Perry, with Nancy Given Prout playing drums and Kathy Mac bass.

The Roses, who range in age from mid-20s to mid-30s, play traditional country style, punching things up occasionally with some Louisiana-Texas touches. The infectious title tune, written by Charles Jackson and Jerry Salley, includes some nicely turned lyrics ("The only thing you left me/When you left me/Was no choice"), and so do Don Schlitz and Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Easy to Say/Hard to Prove" and Perry and Jan Buckingham's "Teach Me to Say Goodbye."

The band obviously has a certain amount of novelty appeal—shades of Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra—but it doesn't need that kind of inevitably short-lived advantage. The bloom should stay on this Rose long after people have stopped noticing the hormonal considerations. (Capitol)

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