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Six songs too far

The Warrior
The Warrior
By Scandal – Featuring Patty Smyth

Columbia Records: 1984

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This review first appeared in the September 5, 1984 issue of The Daily Aztec.

When Scandal released their debut EP a couple years ago (1982), they seemed a band with some real potential. True, they were strictly a pop band, not much different from '70s bubble gum outfits, but in lead singer Patty Smyth they had something special. Plus, they scored two monster hits with "Goodbye to You" and "Love's Got a Line On You."

With her earthy vocals and unabashed sex appeal, Smyth is obviously the band's ticket to the big time. And the record label is playing that up big by crediting the band as "Scandal – Featuring Patty Smyth."

Unfortunately, their first full-length album, "The Warrior," doesn't live up to the promise of the first record.

The hit single, "The Warrior," opens the album. It's just as luscious a little pop gem as their last two hits. But the next few songs on the first side are duds, and they close side one with a cover of Journey's "Only the Young." The last three songs on the second side are fairly decent pop songs. "Say What You Will" is a nice little ballad easily carried by Smyth. "Tonight" is a more uptempo number, and "Maybe We Went Too Far" is melodic and smooth.

It would seem that in aiming for a full-length album, Scandal overshot their material by about six songs. "The Warrior" and the last three songs of the album would have made a nice second EP.