December 18, 1989 12:00 PM

The Roches

Loving irony as they do, folksingers Maggie, Suzzy and Terre Roche ought to appreciate the fact that the title of this album seems to be an oblique reference to the slurry effect of a number of its vocals.

In “The Anti-Sex Backlash of the ’80s,” the lyrics go, “If you are a sexist pig, I have got to [unintelligible] you.” Another line says, “I just can’t get [unintelligible] enough.”

Adding to the elocutionary lapses is the fact that the album doesn’t include a lyric sheet, an odd omission for singers whose detached musical style puts a burden on the language they use.

When they make themselves understood, the sisters are in fine form, harmonizing sweetly, keeping the preciousness under control and smartly addressing the confusions of everyday life, as they do in “I Love My Mom”: “Mommy, why are you angry?/ I don’t know what is the matter with me/ You make me cry/ You make me cry.” “Broken Places,” too, hits a number of universal sore points in the realm of emotional injury and healing, though even there, Suzzy sings.’ “Can’t there be a little breather/ Our love is a real [unintelligible].”

So staying with the album’s inadvertent theme, let’s say that if it is often charming, there’s too much frmmzzlnkg* cents. (MCA)

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