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Emitt Rhodes: Emitt Rhodes [Dunhill, 1970]
A formalist in an age of license, Rhodes writes very tuneful rock and roll songs and overdubs all the voices and instruments in the studio, distinguishable from Paul McCartney mostly by his compulsive precision. As a believer in pop structures I approve, but as a lover of rock and roll I'm beginning to suspect that the bouncy little beat--and probably the dinky little lyrics--come with the package. B-