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BOHEMIA (Buy CDs by this artist)
Deviations (VU) 1981
"No Ordinary Moon" (Discos de Tinga) 1983

This Chicago quintet is both versatile and technically competent, if not overwhelming original, on Deviations' 11 well-produced tracks. Nothing too stylish or exciting, just adequate melodic rock of no particular character but with intelligent lyrics.

The two songs on the A-side of No Ordinary Moon (a three-song 12-inch) are a bit stronger and more focused; a 1984 single, "All the Way" b/w "Love Turns to Stone" (according to the label, from the album Red Fish Are Flying), is better still, loudly blending a synthetic drum beat into the mix.

[Ira Robbins]