Los Angeles punk crew hit a sweet spot between hedonism and poignancy on a multi-layered second album
There It Is
You have to admire the brazen cheek of it all....
So let's go through the motions and mention some tracks. All, incidentally, sound exactly the same: heavily produced and painstakingly polished, with the punchy disco beats that all the worst boy bands make their trademark disguising the puny vocals of Lee, Spike and Jimmy.
The standard schmaltzy attempts at R&B turn up with Rose Royce's 'I Wanna Get Next To You' and The Style Council's 'You're The Best Thing', while recent Number Two single, 'More Than A Woman', fares slightly better as a cross between The Village People and Take That. Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up', meanwhile, sounds like, well, Rick Astley.
So beware. 911 are Steps without the girls and they will be playing in hell.
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