Edmonton Journal - October 18, 1991

Sex With Love novel approach for rocker Lee Aaron:

Discussions of sex - the basic, garden-variety type - haven't caused an eyelash to be batted at a pop song since, oh, Wake Up Little Susie.

But with a charming and surprising new single entitled Sex With Love, Canadian hard rock singer Lee Aaron has stimulated both talk and attention.

A simple rhyme with a bouncy beat and exuberant acknowledgment of how great a gift sex is, the tune nonetheless projects a solid value few, if any, rock songs ever have. Aaron's point of view is simply this: sex with love is far more satisifying than one-night stands. Whew! What inspired that?

"I was watching television and I saw an advertisement for safe sex for young people," remembered Aaron, who appears at the Beverly Crest Hotel Monday and Tuesday.

"It had a lot of giggling girls, putting condoms in their purses, heading out for a Saturday night. I thought, `My God, it's almost as though (having sex) is OK as long as you have a condom.' I wasn't raised that way. Since when did casual sex become OK?"

Aaron's approach is novel and deserves to attract praise. After 12 years in the business, she has truly made mature leaps both lyrically and musically on her sixth LP, the recently-released Some Girls Do.

Despite the progressive content of her album, on the jacket art she still presents herself in teasing attire and provocative poses associated with less liberated entertainers.

Aaron contends that she's in control and that she may be dressing up to fulfill her own fantasies. Morevever, she takes umbrage with the imbalance of criticism addressed at women in hard rock.

"No one asks Mariah Carey why she dresses the way she does."

Still, she's far too secure in the path she's chosen to fret aloud. She'd prefer her albums did the talking.

"I know there's a lot of people around who say, `Oh yeah, Lee Aaron, that rock bimbo who sings about boys and having fun.' But they really haven't listened to the album. There's a lot of stuff on this, especially for women, about being independent, being your own person."

Helen Metella