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Album Review

10cc's second album was the next phase in what guitarist Eric Stewart called the band's "masterplan to control the universe. The Sweet, Slade, and Gary Glitter are all very valuable pop," he proclaimed, "but it's fragile because it's so dependent on a vogue. We don't try to appeal to one audience, or aspire to instant stardom, we're satisfied to move ahead a little at a time as long as we're always moving forward." Sheet Music, perhaps the most widely adventurous album of what would become a wildly adventurous year, would more than justify that claim. "It grips the heart of rock'n'roll like nothing I've heard before," raved Melody Maker, before describing 10cc as "the Beach Boys of "Good Vibrations," the Beatles of "Penny Lane," they're the mischievous kid next door, they're the Marx Brothers, they're Jack and Jill, they're comic cuts characters, and they're sheer brilliance." Stewart certainly agreed — he told that same paper, 10cc's music was "better than 90% of the sheer unadulterated crap that's in the charts" and, 20 years on, bassist Graham Gouldman continued, "Sheet Music is probably the definitive 10cc album. What it was, our second album wasn't our difficult second album, it was our best second album. It was the best second album we ever did." Three hit singles spun off the record, and most of the other tracks could have followed suit; it says much for Sheet Music's staying power that, no matter how many times the album is reissued, it has never lost its power to delight, excite, and set alight a lousy day.

Customer Reviews

Bursting with licks and tricks

Looking for a pivotal point where studio killed the audio stars - its here. Packed with ideas, mixes and fades this was the blossoming of multi-tracking Britpop. Whimsical lyrics threaded through looping sounds and bytes this album isnt just a good listen its an essential part of any collection. Tracks 1, 2 and 6 are immediate if quirky tracks with 3 and 5 quirky if not immediate. Tracks 4, 8, 9 and 10 are the growers and track 7 the albums opus. Even the sainted Peel played track 5 pre-release so you just know this is no lightweight offering.

A true classic

A masterly crafted pop album with every track full of clever lyrics and melodies. If you've been seduced by the dark side of recent poor imitators such as The Feeling, do yourself a favour and just listen to this and rediscover just what made 10cc and British pop so great.

Still love this...

When this album really works (Wall Street Shuffle, Worst Band in the World, Old Wild Men, Somewhere in Hollywood) it's a reminder of how wildly creative this era was. More than just a guilty pleasure.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deriving their name from the metric total of semen ejaculated by the average male, the tongue-in-cheek British art pop band 10cc comprised an all-star roster of Manchester-based musicians: vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a former member of the Mockingbirds and the author of hits for the Yardbirds, the Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck; singer/guitarist Eric Stewart was an alum of Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders; and vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Kevin Godley and Lol Creme were both...
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