This rough and ready debut of brilliant workmanship confirms the 80s as the only decade to consistently uncover talented females-but unusally, American ones too. This charming collection of commercial rockers is offset by four diferent voices (Michael Steel is not much in vocal evidence on this album as she had just joined but her dark, smokey songs would soon serve as an important counterpoint to the more straightforward 'love' approach of the others.
Though the beauty and full maturity of the later albums, noticeably their absolute masterpiece 'Everything' from 1988 is not really apparent on anything apart from 'Dover Beach', that's not to criticise. The romance that women love to staurate their albums with (see virtually every woman singer/group from 1990 onwards) is delightfully absent here on this 'get out of my face' collection. Even so, the album's top charmer 'James' (criminally ignored for a single release) does hint that Susanna can't quite get that heartbreaker out of her mind just yet. Other songs like 'All About You', 'He's Got A Secret', 'Silent Treatment' and 'Restless' either take apart in great rocky style the person who's using them, or is their message to a person being used. Ridiculously and unfairly (well it was the 80s and women singers barely mattered to the bloodsucking labels) only two singles were released, the opener 'Hero Takes A Fall'-which started the cool 'no-romance here' blueprint and the breezy, chiming 'Going Down To Liverpool'-but so many others could have been-most notably 'James' and 'Dover Beach'. Especially weird as from all albums on, the new rule seemed to be if Susanna sung it, release it! Bloody male record execs in the 80s!
As with that other great female rocker Kim Wilde, this debut matches her own and was no doubt an inspiration for the few female rockers able to follow the blueprint properly like Voice Of The Beehive, with weaker acts like Primitives and the trashy Transvision Vamp. One of the best debuts by a female act ever. Get it! High time all their stuff was remastered.