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EXPOSURE (Buy CDs by this artist)
Out of the Dark ... (UK Abstract) 1982
Wild! (UK Statik) 1984

More ambitious than accomplished at the start, this British rock trio reveals some serious problems on Out of the Dark. The lack of a drummer in the lineup results in stiff rhythms that do nothing for the material; the failure to locate a key in which bassist Ashton Liburd (whose voice actually has a nice quality) can sing the amateurish we-wanna-be-pop-stars lyrics caps off the downwardly mobile effort. The playing is fine and the melodies are functional, but this is hopeless.

Wild! is a lot better, although still not great. Now a quintet, Exposure plays invigorating, tightly packed guitar rock with a powerful rhythm section (bassist Paul Gold's arrival is a big plus). Although the music's thick textures are effectively intense and exciting, Liburd's shaky grip on melody and clumsy lyrics keep Wild! from being a big deal.

[Ira Robbins]