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Genya Ravan

  • Urban Desire [20th Century-Fox, 1978] B
  • . . . And I Mean It! [20th Century-Fox, 1979] B

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Urban Desire [20th Century-Fox, 1978]
She oversings, the band's ordinary, and the lyrics (both hers and those she chooses) often get blowzy; the only grade-A cuts are "Jerry's Pigeons" and (A plus) "The Sweetest One." So maybe I'm soft--maybe I just can't resist a real New York doll. In a woman who combines the hip cool of Lou Reed with the emotionality of Springsteen, a case of Joplinitis--a rare disease these days--is rather endearing. B

. . . And I Mean It! [20th Century-Fox, 1979]
Some find this teen-identified sexy mama--in "Roto Root Her" (her title, don't blame me) she demands an I.D. chain--embarrassing, others politically incorrect. Ian Hunter (on this album) and Lou Reed (on the last) could care less, and I prefer her to any incarnation of Suzi Quatro. Fave: "Night Owl"'s autodoowop. B