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  • Manhole [Grunt, 1974] C
  • Software [RCA Victor, 1984] C-

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Manhole [Grunt, 1974]
She sounds like herself on several cuts and Bette Midler on one, but she also sounds tired, and for the most part this is as inflated as the worst Airplane. I wonder too why she participates as neither writer nor vocalist on "It's Only Music" (not that I'd want to be associated with it myself). But the title demands to be committed to print. C

Software [RCA Victor, 1984]
Gracie keeps up with the times: in 1974 she called her sludge-rock Manhole, and if her silicon-pop title doesn't have quite as sharp a reverse-sexist twist it's because the ensuing decade has done more for her amour-propre than for her IQ. She demonstrates her usual staunchness of principle with an amazingly dumb piece of satire or something which takes on EKGs and electric blankets but not Linn drums. And is that Gracie singing "Through the window through the window/I could almost touch the pane"? Rhymes with "I was in the pouring rain," doesn't it? C-