Album review: Harlequin, One False Move (1982)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 11, 1982

By Steve Newton

When I first heard One False Move, I was about to write it off as just another pop schlock compilation in the Foreigner/Loverboy mold, but after a few listens songs like “Hard Road” and “It’s A Woman You Need” started to grow on me. The bluesiness and emotion of the latter track in particular shows a different side of Harlequin than that portrayed by the upbeat pop of “Say Goodnight” and “Heart Gone Cold”.

But if, as appears to be the case, Harlequin is hoping to cash in on the “take it to the teenybopper” trend, they are on the right track. Like Loverboy and Foreigner they have the essential ingredients: a recognizable vocalist and a stylish guitar player.

Singer George Belanger and axeman Glen Willows also write almost all Harlequin’s material, so they are the ones responsible for giving the group a sound that is mainstream radio material and yet borders on the artistically credible.

Acquiring the services of ace producer Jack Douglas is another feather in the band’s cap, as his arrangements and production techniques give the album that polished and enhanced effect that often spells success.

 

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