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The Windbreakers

  • Run [DB, 1986] B
  • A Different Sort . . . [DB, 1987] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Run [DB, 1986]
Enough bands fail to craft tuneful yet hard-rocking pop albums to make the success of this Mitch Easter project reviewable: it's tuneful, and it's hard-rocking. But there's nothing in music/vocals/lyrics/image to attract anybody specifically to the Windbreakers, nothing more than there is in Jeffrey Osborne, or Hall & Oates. In fact, they're less interesting than most stars, except maybe to young men who've devoted their lives to blurring the distinction between woman problems and girl trouble. B

A Different Sort . . . [DB, 1987]
With Bobby Sutliffe off following his muse like some junior Chris Stamey, Tim Lee remains as Peter Holsapple--sinewy soul, sandpaper cry, iron pyrite hooks, the works. No way is he as clever, but he compensates with an urgency that's his version of sound and groove both, and if a few of these jangle no-fail melodies went deeper than love hurts, he'd deserve better than he's likely to get. B+