“Rhyme And Reason”
Capitol ST-12315 
This 1984 release by well-known New Wave band Missing Persons is considered by some to be a weaker effort. Although this album might not pass muster for many of the more discriminating pop music aficionados, it does have a certain dark charm that sounds lacking on 1982's “Spring Session M” (even though Destination Unknown, Noticeable One, and several others off that album are extremely good songs that I love). “Rhyme And Reason” is an LP that I find myself returning to every once in a while and I always enjoy the experience of listening to it.
The best song on this album, in my opinion at least, is track number two: Give. This song stands out mainly because of its somewhat uncanny lyrics. Dale Bozzio sings/speaks along with the pulse and passes along advice that many have heard at one point or another. "When you're looking for an answer and nothing seems to fit, don't give up / you've gotta let your heart become the mirror of your mind, then give in" […] "don't wait for something to cause you reason, set your goal let your mind follow through / when you have something to believe in, you'll make all your dreams, all your dreams come true." These words speak volumes, at least to me. I believe that this advice would help out many of us, and I know because I’ve benefitted from this way of thinking. I’m not 100% sure what the meaning behind this song is, but the meaning that occurs most naturally to me is something that I can relate to.
The rest of the album carries a similar tone to the song previously mentioned, and can be described as moderately to heavily dark, romantic, somber, detached, cold and machine-like. This is what I appreciate the most about “Rhyme And Reason” as a whole. Missing Persons certainly didn’t go out of their way to be “friendly,” “welcoming” or “upbeat,” but that’s a strange mix of attributes that makes listening to this album a lot more interesting.
Regardless of my opinions, the enjoyability of this recording would largely come down to the listener’s mood and taste. People who rarely if ever experience the kind of mood this record is conducive for basically have no use for it. Those who do experience that “right” kind of mood should keep an open mind about what the band offers here — I think you’d find ounce or two of intrigue, if not a whole lot more.
02 - Give:
06 - Right Now: