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  • Reach the Beach [MCA, 1983] C

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Reach the Beach [MCA, 1983]
As with most Anglodisco, this record's success isn't totally bewildering--it assembles an acceptable complement of catchy secondhand riffs and beats. Only I suspect that what sells it is the very thing that makes me hope I never hear those riffs and beats again--Cy Curnin's agonized can-this-be-adulthood? vocal style, influenced by everyone from Bryan Ferry to Lou Gramm but oh so much more doubt-ridden than any old fart. C