“How Dare You” by 10cc - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1976Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Fourth album from the Stockport four recorded, as usual, at their own hometown Strawberry Studios. Once again, all players introduce a wide array of intruments to accomodate the art-pop vision, lining up: Eric Stewart (lead guitar, vocals, pianos, bass guitar, pedal steel), Lol Creme (vocals, keyboards, pianos, guitars, maracas, clavinet, organ, gizmotron, sleigh bells, tambourine, vibraphone, recorder), Graham Gouldman (bass guitar, vocals, rhythm & slide guitar, tambourine, zither, cowbell, glockenspiel) and Kevin Godley (vocals, drums, congas, timpani, cowbell, bongos, triangle, maracas, temple blocks, tambourine, castanets, cabasa). Their sound continues to be too soft and middle-of-the-road for my tastes, with only one commendable track, “I Wanna Rule The World”, a Pink Floyd meets Alex Harvey mini-drama in which Gouldman, Creme and Godley all play vocal parts. Lol Creme emerges as the funniest, assuming dual roles as the screaming madman as well as the evil child, where he's surely enhanced either by helium or studio tape manipulation! As I'm led to believe, it's Godley & Creme who're at the heart of this kind of thing. Their penchant for experimenting with the arty and cinematic was at odds with the more pop-oriented ambitions of Stewart & Gouldman, and the friction would case the two pairs to split apart after this LP, ending the 4-year 4-album run of the quartet.

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A1 [04:14] 3.5.png 10cc - How Dare You (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Prog
A2 [04:20] 2.8.png 10cc - Lazy Ways (Lol Creme, Eric Stewart) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A3 [03:57] 6.2.png 10cc - I Wanna Rule The World (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman) Prog
A4 [05:24] 3.3.png 10cc - I’m Mandy Fly Me (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A5 [03:43] 3.4.png 10cc - Iceberg (Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley) Prog
B1 [05:59] 3.5.png 10cc - Art For Arts Sake (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) Cerebral Pop
B2 [03:58] 3.1.png 10cc - Rock ‘n’ Roll Lullaby (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) Rock n Roll Ballad
B3 [04:21] 3.0.png 10cc - Head Room (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [06:16] 3.2.png 10cc - Don’t Hang Up (Kevin Godley, Lol Creme) Songwriter

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