Friday, June 25, 2010

Pleasure Thieves: Simple Escape (1992)

(One of my many reviews that went unpublished in Rock & Roll Disc when the magazine ceased publication in 1992 ... )

Pleasure Thieves
Simple Escape
Hollywood 60999-2
Total disc time: 49:15 (no SPARS code)

Merit: ***
Sound: ****

This remarkably faithful recreation of mid-'80s Psychedelic Furs has its weak points. Lead vocalist Sinjin overdoes his Richard Butler impersonation, and the lyrics babble themselves into a stupor. But it has strong points too: a real string section, catchy hooks, and what may be the punchiest non R&B horns ever heard on college radio.

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