Album review: Phantom Blue, Built to Perform (1994)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 28, 1994

By Steve Newton

With their snug-fitting cut-offs, tight tops, and knee-high boots, the young women in Phantom Blue could easily be misconstrued as boy-toy metal-Madonnas first and serious rock musicians second, but from the sound of their questionably titled CD, Built to Perform, they have what it takes to become the best all-female rock act since Girlschool.

The band gets a smidgen of guitar help from hired hands Marty Friedman and John Norum on two songs, but everything else is handled most competently by the women themselves. “A Little Evil” is one of the most infectious hard-rock tunes I’ve heard in a long while, and a furious version of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation” proves in one song that Phantom Blue has more musical guts than most all-boy bands.

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