Get ready for a comeback by David Cassidy, the '70s teen idol from "The Partridge Family."

Cassidy, now 40, is trying to overcome his bubble-gum image and has a rock album due in October that features eight songs written with his fiancee, Sue Shifrin.At least one disc jockey already is giving the album a good review. "Because of the very minor talent of other members of the Partridge Family, David took a beating in the press," said Danny Bonaduce, who co-starred in the series with Cassidy and now is on the air on KKFR-FM in Phoenix. "And he's one of the most talented musicians I know."

Bonaduce told The Washington Times he likes the new album but fears disc jockeys will mock it. "Disc jockeys are ruthless," Bonaduce said. "I bury Susan Dey (the "L.A. Law" star who is another "Partridge" veteran) all the time. If I could score some easy laughs off David, I'd do it but really, the fact is the record is good."