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  • Seconds of Pleasure [Columbia, 1980] A-

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Seconds of Pleasure [Columbia, 1980]
Though Lowe & Edmunds's touring vehicle piledrives too much, if you just stand there and get run over you'll enjoy it. Aurally, Edmunds prevails: this hits the ear as a collection of good neoclassicist rock 'n' roll songs, less mindless than prog nitpickers claim and less meaningful than rock 'n' roll loyalists wish. Conceptually, Lowe gets the last word, last song first side: "Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)" not only sums up their limitations, it sums up their knowledge of their limitations--which will separate them forever from the run of good neoclassicist rock 'n' rollers, Dave Edmunds included. A-