December 22, 1986 12:00 PM

True Confessions

Bananarama

The Andrews Sisters as told to the Chipmunks.

Third Stage

Boston

It was a great year for guys from Massachusetts to throw away golden opportunities, though at least the Patriots and Red Sox weren’t so pretentious about it.

The Flag

Rick James

The funkmeister gives a half-mast performance that nobody is likely to salute.

The Bridge

Billy Joel

To mix a couple of metaphors, this is a construction you’re better off burning before you come to it.

True Blue

Madonna

Help wanted: rapidly cooling-off hot property needs career guidance expert. No preachy papas need apply.

Class of ’55

Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash Elvis, you didn’t miss much.

Get Close

The Pretenders

Chrissie and the boys complain so much they seem to be doing The Misanthrope as a rock musical.

Dirty Work

Rolling Stones

The worst fears of the Baby Boomers come true: If the Stones are sounding this old and tired, what does it say about their original fans?

The Knife Feels Like Justice

Brian Setzer

A Stray Cat’s meow turns into the musical equivalent of kitty litter.

Landing on Water

Neil Young

In this dismal piece of self-flagellation, when you come to the track about a highway accident, you’ve found the upbeat stuff. This is just what you need when you’re headed for a desert island and have to leave behind only one album.

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