Picks and Pans Review: Roachford

updated 05/22/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/22/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Who are these guys? It's rare for a band to spring from nowhere with a sound that is so enormously catchy and satisfying. Not since the heyday of Johnny "Guitar" Watson have we had music that combines soul and rock so sublimely. Listen to Roach-ford's "Family Man" and you'll discover an intoxicating style, one that blends the seductiveness of soul with rock's brazen imperative. That distinctive tune is followed by another, "Cuddly Toy (Feel for Me)," which manages to suggest both Sam and Dave and Spencer Davis.

To get back to the initial question, Roachford is a London quartet led by Andrew Roachford, a talented singer and keyboard player. He probably was born with his soulfulness and may have picked up a few rock lessons in his teens, while he worked as a gofer for the Clash. No matter how he came by his musical touch; he executes it nimbly. When Roachford is on the stereo, you won't know whether to get on up or get way down. So crank the quartet up again while you make up your mind. (Epic)

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