THE THUMPING DRUMS BANG INTO YET ANOTHER JANGLY GUITAR TUNE
ALTERED IMAGES – “Pinky Blue” (Epic 856650) May 1982
After all the magazine covers and TV appearances and the two-and-a-half hit singles, there was only the hit album to make. No-one’s happy with the cover but what’s inside it?
The fab 12″ version of “I Could Be Happy”, the neat 7-inch version of “See Those Eyes” and the pretty “Pinky Blue”. The rest is a big disappointment.
Clare’s little girl singing begins to grate; the thumping drums bang into yet another jangly guitar tune; the innocent charm wears thin.
Discerning fans will stick to their 12-inch versions of the hit singles and wish they had an Altered Images LP to match those. Some may criticise the system which demands so much so soon when with more thought and less pressure the results could have been much happier. (Smash Hits)
Listening to a full album with elf-like Clare Grogan’s infantile vocals is simply too much. Stick with listening to a single every now and again.
“Pinky Blue” is quite forgettable mainly due to the fact that there are no decent songs, they even resort to an absolute horror show with a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue”.
This is like hearing awful Eurotrash noise akin to pissed Germans dressed in their finest lederhosen, slapping their knees and getting all fruity schlager style.
Add into the mix elements of producer Martin Rushent’s electro pop synth gibberish, especially on the 12″ version of “I Could Be Happy” and I’m almost resorting to throwing this record down the stairs and into my cat litter tray. (EXPO67)
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