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Aching for Originality : CHECK LIST**** Great Balls of Fire *** Good Vibrations ** Maybe Baby * Running on Empty

July 31, 1988|JANISS GARZA

**CINDERELLA. "Long Cold Winter." Mercury. This album consists of fourth-generation blues-rock from a band whose intentions are good but which, even after a million-selling debut LP, emits a certain amount of insecurity. Instead of coming into their own, the members of Cinderella do their best to mold themselves to the Aerosmith-Zeppelin sound so fashionable this year. They actually do a good job with those familiar licks and hooks, but underneath it all, this band is aching for some originality.

"Long Cold Winter" isn't completely a copycat wasteland. "Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin' Apart at the Seams," though derivative, is a good white-boy effort at blues. "Second Wind" is a dynamic rocker with action-packed time changes. Unfortunately, too many of the other songs are throwaway commercial hard-rock, and the cliches abound.

By the end of Side 2, Cinderella seems lost in a quagmire of influences. Singer Tom Keifer has a strong personality and the band has the capability to stand on its own merits. They seem to sense this occasionally, and a persona of their own sneaks through once in a while. But on "Winter" they allow their uniqueness very little space.

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