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Review of Dark Blonde

John Millward
Rolling Stone
18th November 1976

Tom Jans means to be seen a a serious singer/songwriter in the intellectually romantic school of Jackson Browne. And though his concerns and perceptions aren't as wide ranging as Browne's, he has a similar gift for expressing the pain and isolation that can accompany an affair.

Jans is working with a basic rock band fronted by solid if somewhat predictable twin guitars and backed by a distinctive rhythm section. Kerry Hatch's bass is particularly effective, and his prominent placement in the mix makes him the heart of the rockers, as on the lilting "Why Don't You Love Me", which wouldn't have been out of place on Boz Scaggs Silk Degrees. Appropriately, Jans is produced by Joe Wissert.

Jans is most successful on up-tempo rockers, particularly "Bluer Than You" and "Young Man In Trouble", which incorporate imaginative rhythm changes to snap the attention. "Rosarita" is the strongest of the slower tunes; using the hard images that run throughout the album - bone, blood, stone, fire - he prefers a lover whose restless frustration parallels his own.


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