Picks and Pans Review: Zig-Zaggin' Through Ghostland

updated 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/12/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Radiators

New Orleans may be the "City That Care Forgot," but there's no forgetfulness around the Crescent City's best bands—and you'd have to number the rocking Radiators among them—when it comes to the beat. The transmission that drives this group is composed of drummer Frank Bua and percussionist Glenn Sears. There's a suggestion of carpetbagging, though, too: Between the blunt but smoking guitars of Dave Malone and Camille Baudoin, the foggy, rough-hewn vocals of Malone and Ed Volker, and Volker's airy keyboard playing, the Radiators have a sound that suggests a composite of a number of California rock bands from the '70s. Probably the best (and most flattering) comparison could be made to Little Feat. "Red Dress" and "Squeeze Me" are rousers, but for the most part on Zig-Zaggin' Through Ghostland, the Radiators' amalgam of blues, rock and R&B sounds a little stiff, as if they were out of their element in the studio. Again, this failing would put them right in line with many New Orleans bands, which often come across better in person. This record definitely suggests that if the Radiators ever happen to be playing in your town, they would be an act well worth catching. (Epic)

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