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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On approval, 29 Oct 2010
D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Approved By the Motors (Audio CD)
The Motors' second album arguably both made and broke the band. Their first, despite much acclaim, didn't sell particularly well, but 'Approved' spawned two big hit singles. The problem was that the album consisted of a handful of new songs bolstered by some old ones which didn't fit with the band's hard-driving rock image. The sublime 'Airport', which features on many a 1970s compilation and 'Forget About You', which bears a partial resemblance to the BBC's 'Grandstand' theme, were slanted more towards a pop audience. So were the lush, breathy 'Dreaming Your Life Away', the jaunty 'Soul Redeemer' and the epic album closer, 'Today'. The only track which sounds like a refugee from the first album's sessions is the pounding 'Sensation', although 'Mamma Rock and Roller', 'Do You Mind' and 'You Beat The Hell Outta Me' are all gutsy rock songs. The five bonus tracks consist mainly of b-sides, most of which are decent.

Andy McMaster and Nick Garvey, who were the band's creative force, pressed on with a Spectoresque third album, 'Tenement Steps', combining some of the old energy with a new pop sheen, but guitarist Bram Tchaikovsky and drummer Rick Slaughter were unhappy with the new direction and left. The former made a passable solo album shortly after that confirmed his preference for the style of the first album. This is a good album, but may only have halfway appeal to many listeners.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underestimated Band., 5 Nov 2009
FAMOUS NAME (UNITED KINGDOM) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Approved By the Motors (Audio CD)
This is actually a very good Album from this pop group that only had a couple of major hits back in 1978, yet really should have, and did deserve more from this Album. There's plenty more 'Single' material here that could have been used - 'Soul Redeemer' and 'Dreaming Your Life Away' - to name but two. (the latter of which I believe would probably have given the Band a chart-topper had it been issued as a follow-up to their biggest hit 'Airport') It was going to be difficult and somewhat of an 'anti-climax' whatever was released after this powerful song, but mistakes can be made... The second release from the Album 'Forget About You' peaked at only number thirteen.

Side Two of the original vinyl Album is markedly better than Side One in my opinion. (if you put aside the two major hits that are featured on Side One) But the whole Album I feel is somewhat underestimated - perhaps if only because many people were disappointed that every Track did not sound as powerful as 'Airport' ... 'Today' was a very good song (the only Single to appear on the B -side of the original vinyl Album) but failed to make an impression on the Charts, and subsequently, the band disappeared...

However, all that said; this Album will definitely grow on you, and for the Collectors out there, this was originally issued in Limited Red Vinyl!
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