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Fiona Review

by Rob Theakston

New Jersey's darker and more urgent response to the quirky pop of Cyndi Lauper, Fiona found herself plucked from near obscurity into the MTV spotlight with her minor hit "Talk to Me." A cross between the pop-metal of Heart and the throaty hysterics of Lita Ford, Joan Jett and Vixen, there are moments of unapologetic, polished rock that were designed for the pop charts, complete with bafflingly insipid lyrics. The only relief from the pop-metal onslaught comes in the form of the rock ballad "Love Makes You Blind," which easily could be an outtake from the Carnie and Wendy Wilson sisters and the "Na Na Song." Quite simply, it's good clean fun for people who liked to get dirty in the '80s. This was the also the first in a series of Fiona reissues rescued from obscurity courtesy of the Wounded Bird imprint, assuring the material available for generations to come.

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