Over the course of their short two-album career, Sorrows
did absolutely nothing that was startlingly new or original. But what
they did, they did really well, especially on their 1980 debut, Teenage Heartbreak. More than just another entry in the post-Knack skinny-tie brigade, Teenage Heartbreak is a first-class power pop album of its era, up there with the debuts by the Rubinoos and the Plimsouls.
The title track sets the tone immediately, with a killer stuttering
hook and appropriately rough-edged harmonies. All four members write,
but most of the best songs belong to guitarist Arthur Alexander (not the '60s R&B guy who sang "Anna [Go to Him]" and "Soldier of Love," obviously), whose Roy Loney-style voice adds a nice garage rock element to songs that might otherwise be a little too bubblegummy.
The best of the non-Alexander songs is "Can't Go Back," a winsome little sweet 'n' jangly rocker written and sung by Joey Cola, Alexander's former bandmate in the short-lived but much admired Poppees. Bassist Ricky Street's "I Don't Like It Like That" is pretty terrific too, with a stomping break that makes it sound like a classic early Sweet
single. Not every song is up to those standards, but even the two or
three weaker tracks are performed with enough infectious enthusiasm to
get by on attitude. Teenage Heartbreak is probably for power pop fans only, but those fans will find themselves richly rewarded.(allmusic.com)
All said in the review and everything is true. Great album. Great Power Pop band.
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