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A varied 'mixed' bag
on 6 March 2013
I love my nostalgia! - and I was a big fan of The Glitter Band in my early teens. I could only rarely afford LP's back then, so my only taste of the album came through "The Tears I Cried" & "People Like You and People Like Me" but I was kinda intrigued on learning that this 1975 release was a considerable diversion from the band's more familiar output - an attempt by the band to establish it's own identity.... Well, some fans were happy with the outcome, some less so (judging by the other reviews so far!)
Anyway, here's a random flick through some of the tracks: IMO the opening track "Where Have You Been" is the pick of the litter, with it's slow swirling build up to an infectious climax. There's only the occasional reminder of the 'Glitter' years, with " The Tears I Cried" mirroring the feel of the band's earlier big hit "Goodbye My Love", while amongst the bonus tracks "Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep" & "I Can Hear Music" are catchy enough.
Some of the music however, is a major detour, with "Let Me Love You" seeing a foray into Reggae, while "Makes You Blind" has a driving 'disco' beat....and as for "Tuna Biscuit" - I can only echo the words of another reviewer: "Average White Band" indeed.
While I will applaud the band for seeking out their own identity, apart from a number of exceptions, some of the album & bonus tracks just aren't my cup of tea I'm afraid, although admittedly there are some pleasantly melodic Pop/Rock/Ballad tunes sprinkled here & there, along with some pleasing harmonies. Perhaps I'm getting old (I'm pushing 53)...I've taken in so much stuff during the intervening years, and naturally some of the music that was great for me all those years ago no longer casts the same spell. For me, the first track is exceptional though, IMO one of the best (if not THE best) the band has ever produced. The album itself I would rate 7/10, but I feel that the many bonus tracks should also be taken into consideration, so I have given it 8/10.