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The Best Of - Middle of the Road

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Middle of the Road / CD released 2002-06-01 by Sony Music

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      30.04.2011 08:47
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      What were they thinking?

      I can't think of a more appropriate name for a band, in the early 1970s - a band of Scots fronted by young blonde Sally Carr moved to Italy having played together but failed commercially with other bands since the mid60s, the Italian producer Giacomo Tostini gave them an odd sort of sound that resembles Lulu working as a children's entertainer on a beach in Italy!

      A sort of poor man's Abba, Middle of the Road have a very light and cheerful poppy sound, their lyrics leave a lot to be desired and often involve a holidaymaker's level of French or Italian, this is evident from one of the "hits" on the album "Soley Soley" - Sole being the Italian word for sun, it's really cheesy and listening to more than a handful of tunes from this album is unbearable to my ears.

      I don't want to be too cruel on the band because there might be a few reviewers here with old copies of their hit single "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" as someone surely likes their brand of light-hearted pop, Sally Carr's vocals are a little bit too nasally for my liking.

      If you don't enjoy the well known tracks then there's no chance of you liking the other tracks in the make up of "the best of", they're all of a similar ilk and it doesn't even have the joyful but mediocre guitar solo of "Bonjour, Ca Va" because that track is not included, instead it can be found on the "Greatest Hits" album.

      Innocent simple pop that lacks the catchiness of a band like Abba and is only likely to appeal if you have fond memories of the time the album came out, personally I'd rather rub a sharpened cheese grater against my elbow!

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