Picks and Pans Review: Pledging My Love

updated 01/12/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/12/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lou Christie

Christie's anarchic, over-the-top falsetto gave his 1965 single "Lightnin' Strikes" enough edge to send it to No. 1. Although he has been cited as an influence by the likes of John Lennon, Elton John and even Madonna, lightning never struck again for the high-range wonder. In the intervening three decades, Christie has performed steadily. But by the sounds of this CD, much of his time has been spent in a Vegas lounge. You can almost smell the leatherette as he keens sentimental odes straight from Manilow Land ("What Happened to the Nights," "Love in a Limousine"). And his "Techno Pop"—which is actually anything but—is the lament of a woefully out-of-it nostalgist who is flummoxed by faxes and rues the invention of the answering machine. A bit of advice, Lou: Get over it. (Varèse Sarabande)

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