Suzy Saxon & the Anglos

Guilt by Association

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Following R.E.M out of the flourishing southern rock scene of the early 1980s, Suzy Saxon & the Anglos released their debut on the independent Brat label. Guilt by Association was short and sweet, a little blast of new wave pop flavored with girl-group vocals and mainstream southern rock guitars. Suzy Peeples' high, slightly nasal voice owes a debt to the Shangri-Las and the Angels, but the music is never nostalgic or maudlin. With its catchy chorus, "Radio Highlights" is the album's centerpiece; given a little airplay, it could have been a hit. Other highlights include the rumbling avalanche of drums that opens "Bad Affair," the blistering blues rock of "Freight" and the REM influenced "Rebecca," with vocals nicely mumbled by guitarist Bob Bonham. Clearly, though, Suzy is the star of this show. Her vocals, occasionally double- tracked as on "Boys in Dresses," make Guilt by Association a pleasant vestige of 1980s new wave.

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