JULIE BROWN (Buy CDs by this artist)
Goddess in Progress EP (Rhino) 1984
Trapped in the Body of a White Girl (Sire) 1987
Versatile comedy vocalist Brown offers five hysterical slices of modern culturecide on Goddess in Progess. The titles say it all "I Like 'Em Big and Stupid," "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun," "Will I Make It Through the Eighties," "Cause I'm a Blonde" and "Earth Girls Are Easy." Bouncy, entertaining new wave music, Brown's wacky, astute lyrics and her theatrical delivery make this more fun than a long trip to the mall.
An attempt to turn the singer-actress into a Madonna/Cyndi Lauper-styled star (1950s version) by downplaying the jokes and wrapping her voice in witless synthesizer dance-pop fails miserably on Trapped in the Body of a White Girl. Except for the title track and inferior remakes of "Big and Stupid" and "Homecoming Queen," the humorlessness of this turgid booboo buries Brown's talent.[Ira Robbins]
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