A mixed bag of late period reissues from the ancestors of S Club

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David Cassidy

The Partridge Family

THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY SHOPPING BAG

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Poor David. Rock Me Baby (1972), his second solo album, is in many ways his case for adulthood. Despite attempts at rocking out (“Warm My Soul”), the fans still wanted him to be vulnerable and unloved?see the tortuous self-analysis of “Song Of Love” and the imperishable “How Can I Be Sure?”, a meditation on self-doubt equalled only by Japan’s “Ghosts” and Tricky’s “Aftermath”. When The Partridge Family’s fifth and sixth albums were released, they were already on the slide; these are both downbeat collections producing only one hit, the curious masturbatory ode “It’s One Of Those Nights (Yes Love)”. The self-analysis of “There’ll Come A Time” proves that Cassidy was already seeking a way out.