Album review

10cc

SHEET MUSIC

REPERTOIRE

Satirical humour in music often dates, but not in the case of 10cc. The secret lies in the care with which their surreal squibs were assembled. Although the individual elements of their songs were often derivative (frequently deliberately), the way they were designed and performed displayed a classic pop sensibility allied to a continuous inventiveness.

10cc, their debut album from 1973, had modest ambitions but remains a winner, while its follow-up, Sheet Music (1974), shows the beginnings of their mature style: witty, quickfire, literate music-making.

Rating: 3 / 10


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