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Madleen Kane

  • Rough Diamond [Warner Bros., 1978] D+
  • Cheri [Warner Bros., 1979] C-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Rough Diamond [Warner Bros., 1978]
The perfect punk rock ashtray. Madleen looks like a Penthouse blonde with a camera-shy vulva and sings the same way--Andrea True telling little white lies. Promo copies of her LP come with a promo booklet featuring lotsa pix (dig those leg warmers) and text in six languages, including the original Japanese: "She chooses to sing. With her own voice. . . . The wildest words grow tame. . . ." D+

Cheri [Warner Bros., 1979]
On one side you can't even dance to it--it's like Cheryl Ladd recorded Edith Piaf tributes, which she might yet, all topped off with a paean to "retro," which in case you didn't know means nostalgia with a will to power. C-