this week for the weekly review, we’re looking at Pages’ 1981 self-titled record, Pages!

hot DAMN did You Need a Hero catch me off guard – those smooth smooth keyboards throughout the track but especially in the intro, the easy, funky vibes to the guitar and drums, the pleading delivery of the lyrics on the chorus. real real good. Tell Me is great too – the real straightforward nature of the verses breaking down into the plea in the chorus, “do you want me?”. real good. O.C.O.E. (Official Cat of the Eighties) is nice and bright. i like that they let the bass really go funkin on this track. really dig the vibes here lyrically too. god i love the sax solo on Come On Home. Sesatia gets a little proggier, to my ear – some fun stuff on this track. a little grim, lyrically, but that’s what it is, haha. okay despite listening to quite a bit of music from this late 70s early 80s period via classic radio play, my specific band knowledge is pretty weak, and it’s honestly driving me up the wall that i can’t pinpoint who Only a Dreamer reminds me so much of. i really like the theatric kinda rock they’re channeling in Automatic – it’s a good time, if a tad weaker in the chorus. i feel like Fearless does the exact opposite – the choruses work and create a very cool kinda slow build, but the song REALLY shines in the chorus. Midnight Angel is a pretty good, very pleasant ballad, but it probably my least favorite on the record.

faves – You Need a Hero, Automatic
dislikes –

i really enjoyed this record a lot! lotta fun funky and downright fun songs. legit having a hard time saying a ton here, since it’s all really solid – lyrically there isn’t anything here that blew me away, but there were parts of this record where guitar, bass, especially percussion, all really pulled a ton of weight on the tracks, and there was such a fun variety of styles throughout that it was a delight the whole way through.

Pages – 7/10

next week, i’ll be back again checking out Screaming For Vengeance, by Judas Priest. i’ll be back next Friday, June 16th with that review and to pick another weekly record, and in the meantime, let me know what album you’d like me to review! (i pool all suggestions in one place, and draw a person, then one pick from that person, so feel free to drop as many as you’d like! if you leave an email or username i’ll contact you when i’ve gotten through all your suggestions.)