KERRANG! ISSUE 102 – September 1985

IDLE EYES: ‘Idle Eyes’ (WEA25 1751)

MODERN ROCK and North American HR come face to face again, and Idle Eyes (brilliant name – say it quickly) deserve a commendation for getting it just about dead on. Tad Campbell of this Vancouver-based outfit served an apprenticeship in Australia and there’s a shade of Men At Work and other things Oz in what Idle Eyes do, but much more besides.

The songs are powerful and frequently dramatic, with lots of drive piled on by a strong rhythm section. Check out ‘Danger’ and ‘Wait For Me’ for easy listening action, or else drift away to the languid emotive urgency of ‘Tokyo Rose’.

Not Metal, but a damn fine record all the same.

Paul Suter

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