Divinyls' third album was always going to struggle coming after the classic What A Life!
from 1985, and it certainly can't match it, but there's still much to like.
With the band now down to the essential duo of Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee, with session musicians as needed, this has a harder rock edge than what had come before, yet they still know their way around decent melodies along with the feisty playing.
The opening "Temperamental" is an excellent start, while "Dance of Love", "Better Days", and "Run-a-Way Train" likewise provide driving rock that has a snarling swagger that nonetheless almost maintains something of a smooth, slick quality.
The lyrics are quite intelligent throughout, although "Dirty Love" brings in some of the sleaze that Amphlett needs to let out every now and again. And one cannot forget Chrissie's quite unique vocals - from the sweetness to the snarl, to the curious yodel she'll employ on a whim - this wouldn't be Divinyls without her.
What A Life!
had not given the band the American exposure they were wanting, and this release didn't do it either. Criminally, they did eventually find such success, with that thing called "I Touch Myself", as well as releasing two more, limp albums, that only demonstrated the band were far past their best by then.
There is no justice in the world sometimes. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor