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These guys sure have attitude
on 29 January 2014
After spending more time with the album, my opinion of it has somewhat improved.
Half of its songs are written by Kenny Lynch (a professional songwriter), or are covers, sadly this includes all of the better, and catchier ones; yet this does not -and should not- detract from their enjoyment ("Sha La La La Lee", is simply juvenile upbeat greatness).
The ones penned by Marriott and co. suffer from being unmemorable, directionless, and vapid; I am particularly looking at "E To D", "Come On Children", and the completely unnecessary instrumental "Own Up Time". A redeeming factor is Marriot's roaring and passionate vocal delivery, this guy sure gives his 100% in every song. The only instance when his singing becomes annoying and even pretentious is when he roars "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe"...
Consequently the record is enjoyable, just not something spectacular. If the band had concentrated on improving its songwriting before going into the studio, the album would have been an even product.
The extra tracks include most of the band's A and B sides released prior to the LP: these follow the pattern described above. Namely Lynch's compositions are the highlights, while the band supplies the rest.