|The so-called Soviet rock invasion continues Tuesday at the Bayou with
singer-guitarist Boris Grebenshikov, currently one of Russias most popular rock
In Leningrad he led the band Aquarium for many years in a scene not
dissimilar to the Grateful Deads. Mr. Grebenshikov himself once commented that Aquarium
was "not just a band, its a way of life."
Now, more or less out on his own, Boris has achieved legendary status at home and is
seeking a Western audience with a Columbia Records album, "Radio Silence."
Its a slick offering, produced by the Eurythmics Dave Stewart, and featuring Annie
Lennox and Chrissie Hynde on backing vocals. The Russian seems to be striving for
sincerity on the album, and there are some poetic moments, but its mostly bland as
overcooked borscht, weighed down by all that hefty talent. Live, perhaps Mr. Grebenshikov
will strip down his sound and let it fly. . . .