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Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners

  • Too-Rye-Ay [Mercury, 1982] B+

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Too-Rye-Ay [Mercury, 1982]
Rowland's arrangements are impossibly busy and his vocals impossibly mannered, but on this record he does the impossible--makes me believe he's found some young soul rebels. The unison horn voicings and post-Stax fiddles impart an underlying simplicity that'll pass for Celtic, and if Rowland swoops and swerves where a real soul singer would just emote, his earnestness prevails anyway. B+