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Split Enz: Conflicting Emotions (A&M)

Jon Young, Creem, October 1984

GENERALLY SPEAKING, growing up is boring. There's no way the exercising of common sense can be as much fun as letting it all hang out. On the other hand, unless you truly want to burn out fast, a little rational behavior does become a necessity sooner or later. All is not lost, though. You can get your kicks without self-destructing. God did create rock 'n' roll to keep the spirit fresh, after all. And if the magic in the music produces a wise head to go with that young heart, you've got the best of both worlds.

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