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Album Review

Critics unofficially dubbed Translator's fourth and final effort their "arena rock" album when it landed, which is fair, but that it's much more Rumours than Love Gun should also be noted. Big production by Ed Stasium and ambitious songs from Steve Barton (the Paul Westerberg of the group) and Robert Darlington (the George Harrison) plus a sense that solo careers are itching to get out all add up to a sprawling, overwhelming effort from bandmembers who haven't quite figured out how to reconcile their college radio upbringing and the Fleetwood Mac-sized world they are entering. Guitar solos feel more like machismo than mayhem with Stasium at the controls, songwriting has dipped a little overall, and there is less of a "band" feeling than ever. Still, "Standing in Line" and "I Need You to Love" are both top-shelf, and the title track suggests that this bigger Translator would have worked had they held on for another album. Since the handful of highlights have appeared on the well-chosen comps Everywhere That I'm Not and Everywhere That We Were, only the hardcore fan need worry about this interesting misstep.


Formed: 1979 in San Francisco , CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Inspired by the Beatles and merging energetic pop with graceful but evocative melodies, the San Francisco-based four-piece Translator featured two singer/songwriter/guitarists (Steve Barton and Bob Darlington) and a sound that spanned Merseybeat and stripped-down rock to psychedelia. Larry Dekker on bass and Dave Scheff on drums completed the lineup, a constant during the band's initial seven-year run, as well as for their sporadic, post-breakup reunion appearances. Formed in Los Angeles in 1979,...
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