Steven Mirkin
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ugly Beautiful

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Baby Bird
Producers
Atlantic
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

Old-timers such as Echo & the Bunnymen are reviving new wave, but on his first album, Baby Bird’s Stephen Jones has trumped them. Sounding like an updated version of a John Hughes film soundtrack, Ugly retains the portentous vocals of that ’80s band, but leavens them with a surreal, off-kilter wit and an endless supply of hooks. B+

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