ROBERT HAZARD (Buy CDs by this artist)
Robert Hazard EP (RCA) 1982
Wing of Fire (RCA) 1984
The Seventh Lake (Bad Dog) 2006
Hazard was a popular figure on the Philadelphia scene before signing a big record contract. His debut EP delivers one great wriggly rock track ("Escalator of Life"), three so-so numbers and a powerful but irrelevant update of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." Although talented, Hazard hasn't got much individual character traces of Bowie, Cars, Petty, Springsteen and others abound.
Cyndi Lauper assured Hazard of a comfortable retirement by recording "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which he wrote in 1979. Although that high-water mark achievement makes the commercial failure of Wing of Fire largely academic, it is a passable album, kind of Tom Petty-meets-Willy DeVille (horns, modern outlook, drama, melody). The songs go on too long (or at least seem to) and David Kershenbaum's production could be a lot more exciting but, all in all, a solid effort from a reasonably talented guy.[Ira Robbins]
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