was the third album Roddy Frame recorded as Aztec Camera. If--and this is an "if" so big that most would be reluctant to scale it without sherpas, yaks and oxygen--Roddy Frame
s career has been characterised by anything, it has been a determination to do, at any given moment, roughly the last thing that was expected of him. Having already done the ragged acoustic troubadour (High Land, Hard Rain
) and prematurely aged balladeer (Knife
) bits while still in his teens, Frame relocated to New York for Love
and made as pristine an album of Philadelphia soul as could reasonably be expected from a Clash
fan from East Kilbride.
Love is largely remembered for Aztec Cameras biggest hit--the exuberant "Somewhere in my Heart", in which Frame pronounced, against a backdrop of immaculate studio sheen, that "The closest thing to heaven is to rock and roll"--but deserves better. The dizzy Motown pastiche "Deep and Wide and Tall", and "More Than a Law" are both as good as Roddy Frame gets praise indeed and the closing track, the rueful lament "Killermont Street", sets a surely unbeatable standard in the hitherto under-subscribed category of great songs about bus stations. --Andrew Mueller
CD WEA, 242202-2, 1987 9 Track