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2 stars Cheesy listening.

10CC's first album for the Mercury label seems to be held up as their masterpiece.I am probably one of those fans who like them for the wrong reasons.I love their quirky complex song structures on the first two albums but I find their pastiches really tiring at times and no more than on this "The Original Soundtrack " .The opening track "Une Nuit A Paris" a sort of mock musical replete with Parisian street sounds and sung with a particularly annoying mock French accent is particularly irritating. I appreciate that it is cleverly constructed in a clever for the sake of being clever way and has a couple of interesting piano led passages but there is something cheesy about the whole affair and at over eight minutes the song really tests my patience. Even worse is the schmaltzy closing track "The Film Of My Love" clearly a early film music pastiche is utterly excruciating and has my vote for worst 10CC song ever.

On a brighter note, the album is home to "I'm Not In Love" -truly one of their finest creations and "Life Is Like A Minestrone"which could easily have come off "Sheet Music" complex structure,catchy chorus and witty lyrics.However apart from those two songs there is really nothing else on this album that really appeals to me.Even the only really rocking tune- "The Second Sitting For The Last Supper"palls after a few listens and reveals it to be rather pedestrian. The actual production is very strong but that is not really enough to save this album.I am deducing this album a whole star for the wretched closing track. 2 stars.

Lupton | 2/5 |


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