The Bangles - All Over the Place  (Columbia).      On their major-label debut, The Bangles have perfected their Beatles/Yardbirds synthesis. I think that their secret is the constant tension between their ethereal harmonies and Vickie Peterson's ballsy lead guitar. On many songs, the hook is the way the "ahhhhhhhhhhhs" are cut short by a mean solo or a solo is cut off by the "ahhhhhhhhhhhs." Meanwhile, I'm singing. Especially on "Tell Me" (all of the above), "Going Down to Liverpool" (none of the above) and "Hero Takes A Fall" (my summer single '84). Banglemania!

-- Boy Wonder

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend   (Island).      One can never say enough about Bob Marley, the Lord God of Reggae. This collection, a good one (long too, seven cuts per side), is a strong introduction and a must for collectors. Legend covers Bob's recording career starting with 1973's Catch a Fire. maybe the greatest Reggae album ever, and curiously omits that album's "Concrete Jungle," maybe the greatest Reggae song ever. Also omitted are cuts from Survival (1979) and the posthumous Chances Are, though it does include last year's posthumous single "Buffalo Soldier." All cuts are good to great, but the perfect introduction remains Catch a Fire. Personally, I recommend buying all Bob Marley albums.

-- Tim Gaskill

Carmel - The Drum is Everything  (Warner Bros.).      The excellent musicianship of Gerry Darby (drums) and Jimmy Paris (bass) combined with the impressive vocal talents of Carmel make this unique fusion of Jazz, R&B and Gospel irresistable. Certainly music deserving of a much larger audience, which hopefully it will receive following its recent U.S. release.

-- Rev. Kirk

Lou Reed - New Sensations   (RCA)      This isn't as good as Lou's 1982 masterpiece The Blue Mask, but it gets by enough to make RCA's college rep John Sigler proud. It balances the overt pop of "I Love You, Suzanne" (sounds like a Top Tenner to me), with the anti-nuke resignation of "Fly Into the Sun." And Lou's combination of intelligence and great Rock instincts make most of the other songs work. My faves are "Doin' the Things That We Want To" and the title track in which Lou asks for "the principles of a timeless muse." And it looks as if all of our '60s hangovers, only Bob Dylan and (maybe) Pete Townshend are still as vital. But even they won't go number one on College Radio like Lou has.

-- Boy Wonder

Difford and Tilbrook - Difford and Tillbrook  (A&M).      Slightly more produced than a Squeeze album, yet this "debut" by D&T is nothing short of pure pop in its highest form. Even though it lacks the Squeeze sound of Chris Difford's lows countering Glen Tilbrook's highs it remains an interesting collection ranging from funk to ballands to all-out pop. For the last six years no one has produced better pop than this pair. Cuts that grab the ear -- "Man For All Seasons," "Wagon Train," "Love's Crashing Waves," "You Can't Hurt the Girl." Best song (both Chris and I agree on this one): "Hope Fell Down."

-- Tim Gaskill

Linton Kwesi Johnson - Making History  (Island).      LKJ is one of the true pioneers of Reggae. On this, his long-awaited fourth LP (fifth, if you count LKJ in Dub ) Johnson continues his own unique brand of Dub Poetry. Lyrics are important here, with Johnson exploring a number of topics ranging from impending nuclear war and Third World problems, to the plight of the working class. Entertaining, experimental and socially conscious.

-- Rev Kirk

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.  (Columbia).      (Editor's note: Because everybody in the world likes Bruce, and it has gotten raves everywhere, and this review is over a month old, Tim didn't want me to print it. Too Bad, Tim. I liked the review.)   The album starts off with the title track "Born in the U.S.A." A great song. The album never lets up. The album is catchy. The album is singable. Most of all, the album is likable. No doubt the album will be his biggest ever. The album is great. Popular music doesn't get much better than this. All cuts very good. Oh yeah, see Bruce live. If you think the record is good, how about a 3½ hour concert from the most exciting performer in rock.

-- Tim Gaskill

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