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Sheet Music

10cc

1974

Sheet Music

Album Summary

Sheet Music is the second album by the English rock band 10cc. It was released in 1974 on UK records (No: UKAL 1007), and yielded the hit singles "The Wall Street Shuffle" and "Silly Love". The album reached No. 9 in the UK and No. 81 in the United States.

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Rating

3.05

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4904

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Really like 10cc and think they are underrated. Love how they work experimentation and humor into pop music. Fav track is worst band in the world.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Glad I didn’t skip this one. I was not expecting this at all. Such a fun and strange style of rock...or pop...or idk what it is. It’s very good and considering the year (74) i was surprised by the sound.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

10cc have about fifty ideas per track, some of which work. A lot of them are irritating, however, and their kitchen sink approach gets in the way of creating fun, memorable songs people might actually enjoy. The guitar tones are aggressively shitty, and something about these guys always feels slightly racist?

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Fri Oct 01 2021
1

I was up late last night watching a documentary about why birds fly in a V formation and it occurred to me that I've hated 10cc for most of my adult life. In contrast to the birds trying to conserve energy, I was wasting mine with unfathomable hatred of this band. I kicked a cat to death after I heard them on the radio, I pushed a little girl off a swing after I heard her humming...I raped a elderly cancer patient I an unrelated incident. I need to conserve energy now and end the hate. Having said that, I just listened to this album today and have strangled a toddler to the point they turned blue.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
1

Sheet Music by 10cc (1974) This what you might call zany British pop, nostalgic for some, perhaps, but if you’ve never heard it before (like me), you’re likely to not like it. It’s very experimental, and most of the experiments fail. It’s hard to take a record seriously that seems to laugh at itself. “We’re the worst band in the world”, they giggle. They exaggerate, of course, but that’s part of the joke. 1/5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Very cool. Laughed out loud at parts.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Absolutely bizarre record with like 8 different vibes simultaneously. Absolutely baffled at the fact that this could be contemporary with other bands from the 70s and that it didn't drive past everyone else in the field.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

J'ai d'abord écouté cet album alors que je roulais sur mon skateboard en direction de la poste pour y déposer une lettre RAR. Autant vous dire que le bruit des roues sur le bitume a totalement pris le dessus sur ce qui sortait de mes écouteurs. J'ai donc réécouté le projet une fois rentré chez moi. Croyez-le ou non, mais je n'ai pas le moindre souvenir de ce qu'il contenait.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

The best part was reading the wiki about how they felt the presence of Paul McCartney is his drum kit they used to record with.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
2

What a strange album. I've heard of 10cc, but in my mind they were a hard rock band. For some reason in my head I have them associated with Thin Lizzy. But this is more like a rock opera, reminiscent of Meatloaf, Alan Parsons Project, or Queen. With maybe a little Steely Dan mixed in. So it was very surprising, but I can't say I enjoyed it much at all. Too cutesy and clever, but ultimately not very satisfying. 2 stars.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
1

Beyond wack pop rock boat dad bullshit

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Great fun, super inventive

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Sun Jul 18 2021
5

ooh this was consistently so cool. “Somewhere In Hollywood” = BestTrack. catchy n chill. great voices and a great 70s album 😇

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Wow. And I only knew 10cc for “I’m Not in Love”. That was great!

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Sat May 01 2021
5

Wow, where to begin with this album. I fucking love it, it doesn't take itself too seriously, but the instrumentals and composition are fantastic, and transitions really well like with "Old Wild Men" and "Hotel", this is one brit rock band that I loved and had never heard of them, NO NOTES!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Brilliant.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Wow! Why have I not listened to 10cc before? I had in my head that they were cheesy soft rock, which they kind of are. But this has great, quirky new wave energy. Musicianship and songwriting are solid throughout, and the whole thing is fun without being flimsy. It's like XTC doing hard rock covers of the Beach Boys. 5/5 what a revelation.

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Sat May 01 2021
5

It's fucking weird and I love it! Not one bad song on the album. It has a zany quality that you don't see everyday. I'm definitely buying this. Way ahead of their time.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

One of the best albums I owned in the 70s

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

TOPÍSSIMO

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Brilliant album.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

This album really exposes the problem with the 5 star system. It's better than all the other 4s, but is it a stone cold classic 5/5 album? It's very silly, funny, excellently performed and recorded and is very prescient about the Hollywood casting couch 40 years before #metoo. It had me bopping and smiling the whole way through. It was fucking good. 5 stars, damn.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Брит-рок в духе времени. Классные так-то

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Classic from my teens

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

This feels like an antecedent for so many things. I love how it's both lush and trippy.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Fantastic! Spontaneous and random but exiting and fun!

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Brilliant as usual for 10cc

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

I loved this, it was a really fun listen and reminded me of some of my favorite bands. Also it was a treat finding out that “worst band in the world” was the sample used in J Dilla’s “Workinonit”

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

I had never heard of this band nor any of the songs. The album is relatively short. It is rock music, but the music tries to be like the Beatles at points. The music is eccentric. I don't think I need to listen to any of the songs again. It is better than a two but not quite a three. I will round up.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

10cc album that was new for me - mainly know their later albums and had ecpected one of those. However, this album turned out to be great after a few listens.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

Really cool! A bunch of different vibes and yeah I loved it! would listen to it again for fun!

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

26-Oct-2022 Where has this album been all my life? I knew this band for Dreadlock Holiday, but always assumed they were a bit of a one hit wonder. This album is great throughout on first listen though; well written, great performances, and quite funny in places! I enjoyed hearing the origin of J Dillas "Workinonit" samples in "The Worst Band in the World". "Silly Love" and "Clockwork Creep" were also great and reminded me of Sparks, who I only discovered recently also. The second half of the album maintains the quality and weirdness with "Sacro-illiac" and "Oh Effendi", the abrupt end of the latter left me wanting more. The only songs I didn't really enjoy were "Old Wild Men" and "Baron Samedi", but I didn't dislike them either. This is one of my best discoveries so far from this app. Far from the worst band in the world! 9/10

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

When I saw this come up I thought to myself "aren't 10cc the guys who did 'I'm not in love'?", but didn't really think much more about it until I was actually listening to them. Well. I really enjoyed it. Couldn't even begin to describe the music, other than catchy, innovative and really well constructed. Having enjoyed it, for no other reason than absolutely no reason, I mentioned to my sister that I'd listened to it and really enjoyed it. Turns out my sister knows a guy who's good mates with Graham Gouldman, who is actually in 10cc. OK, so that means nothing to you, reading this review, but I thought it was pretty neat!

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Thu Oct 22 2020
4

albums good. apparently its progressive pop. i dont really know wtf prog pop is still but this album is poppy and it is pretty progressive so i can kinda get it. theres a lot of sudden stylistic switch-ups and weird song structures here, probly best illustrated in the opening three tracks (which is also my fav stretch of the album). the first two are filled with all sorts of different stylistically clashing sections that are really interesting together, and the third one is just kind of a breezy beachy tune with a long ambient intro. pretty much every track is unique. cool stuff! this sorta 70s classic rock sound is growing (back) on me tbh. im sure ive mentioned it before but i rly appreciate this site for like actively forcing me to listen 2 this shit lol

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

1974: The Wall Street Shuffle, The Worst Band In The World

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

Funky and weird. Went from sounding like The Who to sounding like The Beatles. Really great recommendation.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Cool!

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Not a band I was very familiar with - but it's good. Feels like it would be the most pop rock album during its time, but now it's just a fun rock. Has an almost manic energy in a way that's similar to Les Claypool (Clockwork Creep). Somewhere in Hollywood has a riff used in a Bond film theme. The Sacro-Iliac almost has crosby, stills, nash, & young harmonies. Really enjoyed this album

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Reminded me of Rush or other prog rock

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Part-Paul McCartney Beatles, part-Frank Zappa lunacy. Every song was really unique and frankly bizarre? The best 70s album so far. "Hotel", "Clockwork Creep" and "Oh Effendi"

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Nice and relatively varied, great album

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

I had not listened to this album before. I like the band10cc. From this album I only knew the song The Wall Street Shuffle. Some songs surprised me positively. But the 10cc sound was already there and was recognizable. The album was nice to listen to.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Short, fun, nice music and lyrics.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Some of these songs are idiotic I the best way, "Worst Band..." "Hotel". Some excellent guitar sounds. It sounds like they are having fun. I enjoyed it, and it made me curious to listen to more from these guys. From Wikipedia, sounds like they were really in stride for about 5 albums in the 70's.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Pleasant surprise. Lots of irony and different perspectives in the lyrics, experimental music choices. I expected some dated generic rock like Deep Purple, but this had spunk. 3.5 but rounding up to 4 on the rating because I expected this to suck so much and it didn't.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Like Tally Hall did an album in 1974. Goofy, but melodious. These guys are just having a laugh. The highlights are Hotel and The Worst Band in the World

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

ttssss mamalonsh

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

At first, I loved the music and hated the vocals and lyrics. As the album went on, it grew on me. I really enjoyed this by the end of it. "Hotel" is fun. This was a pleasant surprise. Listening to it made me think these guys had a lot of fun making this album.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

We’ve had one yes. But what about second time signature change per song.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

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Tue May 04 2021
4

A weird and fun album. 0RS

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Good

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Early 70s was a hell of a time. I wonder how much this influenced later mgmt albums. Baron Samedi is like 10cc saw Soul Sacrifice by Santana at Woodstock and were like “let’s do that but add some boring parts so we don’t get sued.” Oh Effendi = lynyrd skynyrd I wonder if the Runaways jacked the opening of Silly Love for Cherry Bomb

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Enjoyable album full if surprises

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Cet album des Beatles était excellent, et ce malgré un nom de groupe absolument ridicule et je suppose peu évident à porter au quotidien.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

I really like it but it is 70s so like I am more likely to enjoy it Final Thoughts: 4/5

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Too clever - maybe. But this album is great fun. Playful lyrics, good harmonies and bold chunky guitars.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

lol this is so stupid, i love it beach boys parodying others with stupid lyrics shmock flopera

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Kinda thriving actually. Reminds me of something my step-dad would listen to in a good way. Hotel gave me lower pitched beach boys energy for some reason (i hope you guys are appreciating my notes because i like writing them hehe)

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Comedy? Humorous anyways. Definitely interesting, feels like a precursor to some of the more off the wall things that Queen was executing later in the decade.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Some really fantastic production. 10cc always seem to have fun and this album was no different. They don’t take themselves too seriously and I think that opens up some creative fun that turns out really good sometimes. Highlights were Hotel and Old Wild Men.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I am a fan of 10cc so this album was fun to listen to. My favorite from the album was “The Wall Street Shuffle” everything was well played but not typically something I would add to a cue very often.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

This was an interesting one! I liked Wall Street Shuffle, Worst Band in the World, and Old Wild Men best.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Solid album to own on vinyl

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Hard to decide between a 3 or a 4 for this one, but this was so much better than I expected.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

It was pretty good. A lot more enjoyable than I thought a 10cc album would be. The songwriting was really fun, and I enjoyed the instrumentation. Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one. Had elements of a rock opera and felt really high quality for the year it was produced.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Personally, I prefer the albums that come after this. However, this album isn't bad in its own right. It's got an overall loud, bombastic feeling to it, but each song brings something different to the table while keeping that impression. Favorite track: The Wall Street Shuffle

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

This is great. It's super funky and happy. I'm really grooving. Wow, what a revelation. I really liked how this record blended poppy and experimental. I find that there's usually one or two songs on albums this old that really do not age nicely, but I didn't feel that with this one.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

This album really snuck up on me. I found myself enjoying the diverse sound and having a really good time with it. I honestly really liked this.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Art rock at its finest. Maybe too clever for its own good.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

I enjoyed this a lot, although James has now highlighted terribly problematic lyrics. But before I knew this music wise it was good fun

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Albumdeki cesitlilik asiri iyi, sevdim.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

I dig the humour these guys use in their tunes, cheeky wordplay, musical gags and the like. Obviously very skilful musicians. I'm a huge fan of their eerie song 'I'm not in Love', so got excited when their band turned up on my list here. I enjoyed the ride. Definitely a band I need to investigate further.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Big J Dilla sample

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Oddly, I know the cover for this album was photographed 5 minutes from my old home, just off Wood Green high street in North London, despite never having listened to it! I know Wall Street Shuffle and The Worst Band in the World. Both are very arch, and tight musically. I like both of these things, so they are off to a good start! Hotel is also great - like Dreadlock Holiday, years ahead of its time at laughing at cultural appropriation, while culturally appropiating. Old Wild Men is a little less good, very nice sounding but lacking the fun bite of the first three songs. Silly Love is just okay. Somewhere in Hollywood has a very OTT, musical type energy to it. Again, that works for me. And then goes to some dated, but undeniably funny gags about how shady Hollywood is. Actually, given Weinstein et Al, possibly not that dated. However, the fact it's followed by the embarrassing exoticism of Baron Samedi, which is possibly one degree less awkward than Ian Fleming's writing about the same suggests that parts of this album's humour, which is largely a blessing, have aged like urine rather than wine. Thankfully it picks up again for the last two tracks, especially Oh Effendi, which manages to both satirise and be better than the Eagles at their own game. This could easily have been a five star album had it not aged so badly (and possibly if I didn't view 10cc as a slightly less good Sparks). I may be harsh hear, but bear in mind that I have only given one 70s album more than three stars so far, and this is the first to do this well. A lot of the supposed 'canon' of the 1970s is bloated and dull, and this is very much not. Tight, fun and punchy.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Weird and inventive, in a very fun way.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Very impressive and idiosyncratic art rock album. You can hear The Beach Boys influence and pop songwriting elements that would be incorporated into much of Paul McCartney’s early to mid 80s output. This band has both a pop sensibility and an avant garde sensibility that blend quite well on this album.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Good!

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Every song is different. And that's what I respect.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Though this is more of a pop record, it has the kind of creative songwriting I wish was more prevalent in prog. Would probably give it a 5 if I was more familiar with it.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

4/5 - Pretty good!

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Did not know what to expect but I ended up adding three songs to my favorites. Especially loved Oh Effendi, Baron Samedi, and Clockwork Creep.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Kolejny albumik sluchany z fona, ale znowu sluchany wczesniej, wiec raczej przypomnienie niz zglebianie nowego materalu, 10cc, to jedna z tych band ktora potrafila stworzyc krazki z popowym brzmieniem, a jednoczesnie przemycic na nim tyle eksperymentalnego brzmienia i orginalnej warstwy lrycznej, bo taki wlasnie w skrocie jest sheet music, ktory przypomina mi brzmienie steely dana, swoja dbaloscia o szczegoly produkcji, a obie bandy tworzyly w tym samym okresie, wiec wzajemna inspiracja mogla miec tutaj miejsce, songi na plejke openingowy the wall street shuffle i clockwork creep

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Previously unfamiliar with this band, until I got to Worst Band in the World and immediately recognized the Workinonit sample J Dilla used! Love when that shit happens! Anyways, the music is not typically "my thing", but its fun, almost self aware hokiness makes it a rather enjoyable listen. It veers all over the place in the best way an album from a British band in the 70s could only pull off this well and have it still feel like a cohesive album. The album seems to get more interesting the deeper you get into it or maybe it just suffers from having such a shuffley blues groove song to open it, but that is of the time, I suppose. Probably, wanted to open with something that wouldn't scare folks off right away with something too "weird" and unfamiliar. I'll delve into more of their stuff for sure.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

After the first two tracks, I'm amused and enjoying this. Funny, musically interesting (if not super original), and quite enjoyable so far. Got some laughs and got my feet moving at the office. A few more tracks in and really enjoying this. Some inventive stuff here, vocals and instruments and styles. Humor and seriousness but in a light vein. Read some of the history of the band, I get where some of this stuff came from. It's great. Clockwork Creep is hilarious and dark. I really enjoyed this album, every tune.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Really interesting.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

interesting… i just know kevin parker has worn this one out. i enjoyed hotel a lot

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Surprisingly good!

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

How many possible co-writing duos can the "Worst Band in the World" have: There are four of them so... 4C2 = 4!/(2!*(4-2)!) = 4!/(2!*2!) = (4*3)/2 = 6 Six pairings of Stewart, Gouldman, Godley, Creme. In just a bit more than thirty minutes, these guys went wild with the sounds of pop/rock during that time. All of the six pairings produced at least one song (Creme and Godley seem to like each other a lot, though). And with such sparse and hit-and-miss process, it's unsurprisingly a messy album. And is "Sheet Music" a shit music? Well, yes. But I think that's part of the show. Take note that they admitted being the worst band in the world. This wildly adventurous album might seem like a mediocre album trying very hard to make something unique, or to change the course of pop and rock during that time. But for me, it's just an aimless and fun fiddling with the sound. It's fragile, it's inconsistent, and it's pretty weird, and I like it. It gives one the light and carefree vibes with its stellar and playful sounds despite singing about topics like time bombs in airplanes.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

This one feels like it deserves a deeper dive. Zany, creative, and fun, it feels like a weird mix of very dated mid-70's rock tropes and super fresh, genius ideas. It definitely grew on me as I listened.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Tailed off a bit at the end but strong lyrics on most of the tracks.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

I have never heard of this band prior to this, as such, this album was my first impression of this band's tuneful, piano-tinged pop rock, with opening track Wall Street Shuffle sounding redolent of Cream's Layla. That being said, the keys, organs, vocal effects and groovy drums that go from danceable to quietly menacing, made for a captivating listen. While 10cc had all the sonic trappings of a rock band, the liberal uses of keyboards, sonic effects and varying vocal styles made it hard to pin them down to a specific sound or even era. (70s psych/art rock.....of course.) The track 'Hotel' features ahead-of-its-time sound effects, all at once hypnotic and bewildering, only to suddenly morph into some weird Rumba-lite track with bongos and maracas. Batshit crazy stuff, and I can't stop. To this uneducated writer, the 70s was about Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, and one cannot help but wonder why a band like 10cc did not receive more hype and respect for Sheet Music.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Awesome

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Very cool band. Good mix of pop and experimental.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Odd but fun. 7/10

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

8/10. I liked this.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

7/10 pretty creative!

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Devo dire che mi ha stupita. Mi è piaciuto, è un mix di generi diversi e costantemente diverso.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

All I knew about the band was the urban legend of their name, so I had no expectations. What an album. This sounds just so unique and different from what else was going on around the time. It feels like if you released this album today, it would do quite well since the music sensibilities just seem so modern. Kinda reminds me a bit of when Paul McCartney would go full on silly. 4.5/5

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Definitely an experimental and enjoyable album for its time. A very clever group.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Good album fun.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

"Sheet Music" is a very competent rock album by 10cc, a relatively underrated band that, in fact, did some of the best art rock songs of the 1970s. A very creative group of musicians that explored each others creativity generated a set of tracks that are always worth the listening, because of it's freshness decade later. "The Wall Street Shuffle" and "Silly Love" are quintessential 1970s rock.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

dad loved it

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Sun May 01 2022
4

Not my favourite 10cc stuff, but gee, they're having a lot of fun here aren't they?

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Fri May 13 2022
4

5/11/2022 - ALBUM #105 Today's Album: "Sheet Music" by 10cc - This is an album that does something kind of different and in my opinion, it pays off well. It seems like throughout the project, there really is no consideration by the group to seem serious or to hold anything back. This album is goofy and it takes pride in it, which I think pays off in a really positive way. The first song The Wall Street Shuffle is really great straightforward rock track, but its apparent not to far into the track that the band is going to play a lot with song structure. The clear lead vocal sounds really great throughout the whole project and when they reach a higher register or falsetto, I get a lot of beach boys vibes out of it. The instrumental performances are all very lively and make the whole album feel super full of personality with pretty consistent mood switch ups and beat changes. The choruses are usually pretty attention grabbing and although the lyricism can get super cheesy at moments, it all sort of adds to this carefree attitude and ends up feeling more creative than cringe. The production is also really nice with everything feeling really balanced in the mix and there's a lot of fun stuff they do with the channeling on many of the tracks. I will say that with the way the band switched up tracks so much, it does sometimes feel like you're waiting through some weaker moods to get to the really great-sounding parts, but there is still a really solid overall flow to the record. I can't emphasize enough just how goofy and funny some of the lyrics are on this record. I like the track The Worst Band In The World for it's really creative choruses. I think everything about this record is a double edged sword, where the loose song structure and goofy lyricism both elevate this album to something that stands out and has a lot of personality, but it also hurts the album by making it feel disjointed and amateurish. It can be fun to shove a lot of ideas into these tracks, but it really takes away from some of these fantastic melodies when it changes ideas so much and it turns me away from really loving any of these tracks. Fortunately, the instrumental proficiency and sonic experimentation elevate this project a lot and I only rarely find myself getting bored. Overall, there are a lot of really fun melodies and personality-filled lyricism and the vocals and instruments support all of the ideas in a really cohesive way. Definitely a disorienting listen at first, but listen to this one if you like the goofier parts of the Beach Boys or just want something different and you'll have a good time. Highlights: The Wall Street Shuffle, The Worst Band In The World, Hotel, Oh Effendi Score: 7/10 Goofy and not taking itself too seriously, but super fun!

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Super fun!

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

This is was a pleasant surprise. More interest than I would have thought.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Clever in a very 70s way.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

there's some weak spots, like old wild men, but i switch from having a good time to loving it when clockwork creep hits. oh effendi is a great closer, i hear the future echoes of thundercat. as an album, reminds me of of montreal, and i almost want to say it's a more accessible entrypoint to weird rock like frank zappa

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Whoa, a welcome surprise! I thought I recognized this band name, and it's because of "Worst Band in the World." A fantastic, groovy song given eternal life by J Dilla. If you haven't heard "Workinonit," here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nO7IA1DeeI Go listen to these two tracks back to back for a masterclass on the art of sampling. Anyway, back to the album. I really, really dug this. Obviously rooted in the sort of rock that was popular in the '70s, but it's much more artsy and exploratory. Lots of unusual styles and sounds at play, references to the likes of Baron Samedi. These guys remind me of Queen at a few points on here, and this was a couple years before Queen's Night at the Opera. I was very impressed with this one. It didn't quite maintain the momentum and excitement throughout that it built for me in just the first few tracks (if any album could do that, it'd be an instant 5), but there are gems all over this thing, whether it's just a bizarre instrumental or a song about selling your mother and buying another. I would love to get some more from these guys to see what else they accomplished. Favorite tracks: Worst Band in the World, Wall Street Shuffle, Somewhere in Hollywood, Hotel, Clockwork Creep, Baron Samedi. Album art: Really clever design here. The titular sheet is a bedsheet, somehow being pulled from the border of the cover into the inset band photo. I'm telling you, if you're gonna do a band photo, doing something cool and creative like this. This one is super memorable. 4.5/5

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Rock. Interesante.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Funny wacky outrageous. Good quality and well done. Catchy at points. Some times it’s a little much with how much they switch up songs and add that prog component. I liked it but I didn’t 10/10 love it to the extreme

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Interesting listen, cool

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Niiiiiiiice. I enjoyed the eclectic mix. Some very random songs and I am here for it.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Cool album. Always liked 10CC since the 70s.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Great album. Quite a distinctive style.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Fun quirky pop

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

The keywords here are creative, distinctive, fun, memorable, and timeless. I am very happy to have listened to this.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

This is like the cornball eccentricity of Sparks amped up to 100, and I rate it quite a bit. It definitely skirts the border of downright insanity but on the whole this absolute stylistic riot really appeals to me. Would definitely listen again.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Catchy and fun, creative arrangement and instrumentation. Love art pop. Feel like Of Montreal can be tied back to this influence. Goldilocks level of progginess. Great sense of play (if your disc is slipping, do the sacro-iliac) great stuff. 4 stars.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Music to listen to on the beach if you’re into voodoo and Paul McCartney in Wings era music. Surprising and very pleasant. Each song seemed to keep me on my toes as to what to expect

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Not as good as the album Original Soundtrack (I own on vinyl), but still a good and fun album with unique themes

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

4.0

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Thu Sep 17 2020
3

Can listen later.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Pretty solid, 10cc always exist on my peripheral of interesting bands I remember existed

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Was a decent listen. Nice, short and tight timing. Worst Band in the World is sampled on J Dilla's Donuts so that was nice to catch.

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Fri Jan 08 2021
3

Reminds me a bit of Of Montreal, and has the most sudden ending of an album I've ever heard. Not bad though!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Zany

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Fun and funky. A little psychedelic

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

First song title... had promise. It's alright, a little hammy though. I like a lot of instrumentally what's going on here, but the lyrics and vocal contents drop it a point for me. Has potential, but not jiving with the result.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

It starts off like some classic, classic British rock album (that somehow slipped under my radar for 30+ years) but shifts towards a pretty unique sound -- some yacht rock, Queen-esque 'hard prog rock', a little psychadelic, and even some showtune-y vibes.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Not bad, but not for me; nothing here is as good as "I'm Not in Love."

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

nothing special for me, but okay for background

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

not bad. fun brit pop

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

This must be what schizophrenia is like

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Creative album

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Highlights: The Wall-Street Shuffle, Somewhere in Hollywood, Baron Samedi, The Sacro-Iliac Self-deprecation is one thing, I feel like The Worst Band In The World is just trying to get ahead of criticism that may or may not come. For what it's worth, only some is warranted...I feel like they're trying too hard to evoke a \"who cares\" image. The Wall Street Shuffle opens aggressively and legitimately rocks. Somewhere In Hollywood is a journey filled with misdirection and broken expectations, feels a bit like a Supertramp ditty. The driving beat and tom-toms of Baron Samedi are fun and bouncy. The Sacro-Iliac is silly, yet disjointed (see what I did there?) with a Bob Denver sound and clever lyrics (\"The lush on the floor isn't me anymore\"). Spoiler alert: The album ends abruptly with \"There's no more goodies in the pipeline\"

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

3.6 - Quirky, zippy, lots of variety, brimming with ideas, lots of fun.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

3/5

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Semi.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Aika perus progehtavaa rokkia. Pari ihan menevää kappaletta kuten avausraita. Ei tällä kuitenkaan kuuhun mennä. Jälleen perushyvä kolme tähteä .

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

hits hard with those first notes, hope it keeps up. Kinda turns into beatles light mixed with Nilsson after a while. Which is nice enough, just not as bold as first sip implied. As they say in the Sacro-Iliac, "I've never been freaky or funky". Good coffee shop music if you can handle lyrics while you're working.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Kovin tuntui, että manchesterilaiset yrittivät olla kuten samaan aikaan 70-luvun alussa aloittanut Queen. Tuskin kuitenkaan tuossa vaiheessa vielä Queenista olivat saaneet vaikutteita. Eiköhän kaikki 70-luvun brittirokkibändit ole jatkaneet Beatlesin jalan jäljissä omin maustein ja vaikuttein. En jaksanut Sheet Musicia kuin puolitoista kuuntelukertaa. Ei ollut levyn vika, vaan piti urakoida muita rästiin jääneitä levyjä.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

fine one. a little boring.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Bit daft but solid enough.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Very decent. Interesting. Would probably listen again.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

Quite fun. Bounces along. Too flippant?

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Instrumentally it hits in parts, a bit reminiscent of Queen at times. Lyrically it creates too much of a novelty record feel. Interesting, at least, for the majority though. Best track: The Wall Street Shuffle

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Musically impressive, particularly 'The Wall Street Shuffle' and 'The Sacro Iliac'. The lyrics don't convey any sincerity about anything though, if they improved this they could have been Stockport's answer to The Eagles.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Favourite Songs: Clockwork Creep, The Sacro-lliac & Oh Effendi

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

Mediocre rock trying to do something special. 7.0/10

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

4

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

As I listened to more tracks I could see there was some complexity to these arrangements that were not boring. I don’t love the ironic tongue in cheek style but I can see its appeal. Seems to fall in with bands like POTUSOA, Barenaked Ladies, or maybe Tenacious D.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Very clever and quirky - like an early 70s version of XTC. As usual, the singles stand out, though I've always liked 'The worst band in the world', too. Otherwise it just drifted past me.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I was excited at the opening guitar riff, but then it got very weird. Wasn't really a fan of the silly vocals at first. Buuut then it won me over with some clever lyrics. 3 it is!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

I may have heard of this band, but only maybe. This was new music for me. There were some elements that reminded me of some progressive rock that I have listened to. In the end, I was left trying to decide if I didn't like the album or if I just didn't know what to do with the album. "Clockwork Creep" and "Baron Samedi" fit somewhere in between weird and strange. 2.5 rounds up to 3 stars I guess.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

kind of decent but there's too much happening lol

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

An idiosyncratic prog/art rock album. Felt like someone gave Queen some ADHD medicine to keep them from really letting loose. And I think that's why it didn't really work well for me, I wanted the unhinged grandiose leaps that Queen songs and albums have. And you can hear the foundations for said jump but they never seemed to fully commit and take that extra leap to put it over the top. So it became in album where a lot of times I was excited for what might come and yet, the pay off never did come around.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

On first listen, this album sounds like a self indulgent mess - an in joke that the audience just aren’t in on. But after a few listens you start to appreciate the music (the synths are horrible) and some is even catchy - The Wall Street Shuffle, Oh Effendi - although Hotel sounds pretty offensive to today’s ears, even if the band think they are being satirical.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Cool easy album with catchy music that makes you smile

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Quirky

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Interesting album of smooth sounding singers. First three songs were good. Then the quality dipped. Each song is slightly different but some don’t hit. 6.6/10

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Wasn’t familiar with this band…from Wikipedia they had two different sounds depending on who wrote the songs…not bad

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

Production's immaculate, but the songs? Eh.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

Really liked this record. Kind of pop, but in no way conventional. Great musicianship, interesting ideas and themes. Glad I listened to this and definitely keen to check out some more, as I only knew the hits previously.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

3/5. First Listen. Very enjoyable. Fun. Standouts: Wall Street Shuffle, Worst Band in the World,, Somewhere in Hollywood, the Sacro-Iliac,

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Mixed bag, liked some of the songs, but a few were too much

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Absolutely not what i expected. Weird and funny lyrics. To do the Wall Street Shuffle Let your money hustle Bet you'd sell your mother You can buy another

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Cool

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

ganska najs. gillade att det var ett ganska kort album

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

A fun and tongue-in-cheek LP that sounds surprisingly modern. Some of the slide guitar lines remind me of Ratatat for how trebly and rhythmic they are.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Initially I thought the songs on this album were too frenetic and whimsical, with too many ideas crammed into each song. But then it seemed to settle down or maybe I got used to the pace. I recognize Wall Street shuffle from back in the day when Toronto Alt-rock station CFNY used to have it on heavy rotation and I appreciate the very witty lyrics. Creme and Godley obviously had loads of talent and that was going to become more evident in their later albums: eg The Original Soundtrack (with I’m not in love and Life is a minestrone), Deceptive Bends and Bloody Tourists that features my fav 10CC song, Dreadlock Holiday. This album is a solid 3 from me

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

It was alright

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

The Worst Band in the World. (It's the name of one of the songs, lads) It was okay I think, wasn't paying attention really. Remember a couple of interesting parts. I'm confused about the while thing. Let's say, if it was a footballer, it'd be, I don't know, Lewis Dunk? Yeah, Lewis Dunk.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Actually pretty fun. Not sure if I'd come back to it much, but I really enjoy the creativity

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Wall Street Shuffle is great - Other than that not a spectacular album

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Tue Oct 19 2021
3

This is a tough one to score. I had never listened to this before and I have listened to a small amount of 10CC. I thought some songs were amazing, early 70s glam tinged weirdness, while others were a bit ho-hum. I did give it another listen and explore the band some more

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Well, that was unexpected! Pretty easy to listen to, but was a bit scattered. Fav new track: The Worst Band In The World

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

starts off strong with The Wall Street Shuffle + The Worst Band in the World (s/o j. dilla), but the theatric absurdness gets old after a while. Like listening to a bunch of worse versions of Bohemian Rhapsody. Still interesting to have such narrative woven into rock instrumentation.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Pleasant but bit too precious for me.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

I.B.Chillin

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

I liked that every song sounded different and some of the lyrics were funny.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
3

Pretty cool. Not really too much me, but appreciated it more than other old music. It's starting to get more appealing.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

all right

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

This is the second pop-rock or art rock album from 10cc. Critics consider this album to be the zenith of 10cc's music career, because the band had polished their original sound and added pop into the mix. I personally liked the album and the upbeat music!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
3

Not the greatest of albums (10cc is yet another band who, these days, is best experienced through a “best of” collection). But I like 10cc and I like their humour enough.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Another album that is part of the rock ecosystem from the 70s. Not outstanding, not deplorable. Just another one…

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Stockport represent!

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

3.4

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

I liked the last track the most. I really enjoy 10CC as a band generally but nothing popped for me except Oh Efendi.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

wall street shuffle starts off with a bang for me. hotel is a weird track for me. Wow this album becomes weirder as it progresses lol. Silly Love reminds me of a Queen song and also reminds me of Pat Benatar's guitar riff in Heartbreaker. Wonder if that's why this is on here!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

This is such a hard one to review. I'll start with the album art, which I almost never comment on, but I really love what they've done with it. As far as the music, it's all over the place. It feels like a lot of the melodies are borrowed and relatively simplistic, not that everything needs to be super original or complex, and it serves the purpose here. The constant changes in genre/tone even within songs make it really hard to settle in and get comfortable. The lyrics are pretty funny at times, they do get serious on occasion and I think they should have leaned more into the comedy. Overall it's alright, don't think I'd go out of my way to listen to it again but it was interesting and kind of funny.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Hotel blew my mind. Basically because the first minute and a half was completely unnecessary. The fact that I listened to it again means that I lost 3 minutes of my life. And then for them to tell me to go home, well, that's just rude.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

So, this was an interesting offering. Did I like it? I...don't know? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Ideas flowing from every track (this was recorded 2 miles from me at Strawberry Studios using Paul Mcartney's drum kit!) and was a superbly self-produced collection of widely disparate ideas - I can pick out sounds sampled by other bands here 30 years later (J Dilla's “Workinonit) and it seems miles ahead of anything else. I mean they even resample themselves (Clockwork creep vs I'm Mandy Fly Me). Sadly though there's no real cohesion and the listening experience is exhausting trying to keep track of everything going on. No real hits as such (Wall Street shuffle is the biggest track on the album) so I wouldn't class it as a classic album but it's not trying to be. Like someone else commented- it's like they were mucking around in the studio and decided to release it.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Irgendwas zwischen 2 und 3. Eher 3. Gute Musiker aber insgesamt eher schwache Songs.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

It was alright. Not great, not bad. Kind of reminded me of Devo's Are We Not Men, but way better.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Decent, back to basics 70s rock. good runtime but would have wished one or two more memorable songs to bump it to a 4

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Weird and unusual, but in this rare occasion, it works!

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