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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

After the monumental Original soundtrack, everybody waited for 10 CC around the bend, but they not only answered present, but managed to pull another superb effort in this ugly art-sleeved record. The quartet of songwriters definitely managed to even better their art and not just for art's sake, but for commercial success. Their typical Englishness remains for much of this album as they are often close music-hall or cabaret music.

With a very symphonic title track as an opener (an impressive intro and a bit too present strings section), the mood is set for Lazy Ways which is much Queen-like (Seaside Rendez- Vous etc..) and the very funny pastiche Rule The World with its huge Frank Zappa influences. The rest of that side of the album is regular 10 CC, Mandy being slightly too calm. With the dazzling Art For Art's Sake, the group reaches yet another climax and for the progheads maybe THE climax. And even if my comments above are a wink at this song, believe me that the song is justifyingly titled. Two more typical tracks and then the album closes on the delicate, reflective, anguished Don't Hang Up, which ends as you might expect it.. with a tonality.

As you might just not consider 10 CC never being prog, should the proghead one day want to investigate the group, he might want to start with either this one or its two predecessors. With this kind of album though, 10 CC were giving Queen a run for their worth. But just after this successfully approached bend, there would be another where half of the quartet would leave? Having never been that much a fan, I never knew the reasons for this split at the top of their game.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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