Big Bam Boo

  • Big Bam Boo
  • Fun, Faith & Fairplay (Uni) 1987 

Catchy pop tunes, nicely harmonized joint vocals, heartily strummed acoustic/electric guitars and reverb-heavy drums make this personable (if overly commercial) Anglo-Canadian duo something of an ’80s Everlys descendant. Although Richard Manwaring’s production frequently drowns the pair in sappy modern arrangements (not that it’s an unwelcomed imposition: Big Bam Boo is not at all rootsy or nostalgic in concept), the album’s few modestly presented songs (like “Fell off a Mountain” and “Wicked Love”) are delightful.

[Ira Robbins]