In Brief

** 1/2 Smithereens, "Blow-Up," Capitol. The Smithereens blasted onto the scene with one of the great rock debut albums of the '80s and haven't matched it since. Still, LP No. 4 evidences growth, with romanticism slightly less mopey and arrangements more adventurous (like the successfully string-laden "Too Much Passion"). Extra '60s-movie-buff points for cover art from titles-meister Saul Bass.

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