The chorus repeats ad- infinitum "You've got a c-o-o-o-old"! The song is a rather over arranged "One night in Paris" like venture, which sounds very Beatles like at times. To their credit, the duo do at least try to do something a little more imaginative here, and the guitar work, while all to brief, adds some fine colours.
The final part includes the some of the corniest lyrics the band have written and they have come up with some classics! We'd all feel the benefit". In all, this may be more than half as good as previous 10CC albums, but it does have the feel of a duo who are not entirely sure of themselves. In some ways, the album parallels "A momentary lapse of reason", in that it is a decent facsimile of 10CC's halcyon days.
For the more familiar fan, it is of course a MAJOR shock but the other great duet from this incredible band is strongly taking over. These four guys were so creative and original that the band will survive after this earthquake. Even if, needless to say, Stuart and Gouldman are great composers, they will miss the other fantastic duet. Vocals harmonies are still extremely polished, melodies are powerful but a part of the magic has gone physically and in terms of song writing.
Some limitations are shown with "Modern Man Blues". But I have never been into blues and probably never will.
Another inventive piece of music and fully rock-opera oriented. As rich as lots of prior 10CC songs. I guess that it was almost impossible for the band to release a better album due to the circumstances.
But who had any doubts about that? This is THE highlight of this album. Their marketing agent or their management or anyone who chose the title for this album should be hung by the balls. To call an album with a word such as "deceptive" in the title after this major split is unconscious.
I would have called it "Positive Trends". Three stars. Like earlier 10cc albums, Deceptive Bends contains well made Pop tunes with only the slightest progressive tendencies. Since they had lost some members, changes could be expected but the band sounds basically the same. However, Deceptive Bends is slightly less typically 10cc.
This album is in some ways analogous to Caravan's Cunning Stunts album. Both of these albums represented a slight divergence from the sound of the earlier albums of the band in question. As Cunning Stunts was less typically Caravan, the hard core fans of either band didn't like it that much, simply because what they like most about their favourite band is that band's most typical aspects. For people like me, on the other hand, who don't think that highly of the earlier albums of 10cc, and don't particularly like the most typical aspects of 10cc, this album is actually one of their best.
Another similarity between this and Cunning Stunts is that both albums end with a long track. Feel The Benefit is one of 10cc's better songs ever. But it is not essential by any means. Like all other 10cc albums that I've heard, this is worthy of two stars.
The music on the album is unmistakably the sound of 10cc though. Lineup changes or not. To my ears very little has changed and the two remaining members easily fill the roles of the two that left. The vocals are skillfully performed as always with great harmonies and choirs and the sound production is nothing short of fantastic. As mentioned above the material are generally of high quality and tracks like the opening "Good Morning Judge" , the funny "Marriage Bureau Rendezvous" , the even more amusing "Honeymoon With B Troop" , the slightly progressive minutes long "Feel the Benefit, Pt.
The two latter mentioned are obviously written to have mainstream appeal but as always 10cc manage to arrange and perform tracks in that vein in such a clever and professional manner, that people listening to music a bit more closely than the all consuming mainstream radio listener, should also be able to find intriguing details here.
One of their greatest assets in addition to their high level musicianship and production skills, is their clever and sometimes rather naughty tongue in cheek humour which is at times comparable to the Frank Zappa ditto , and that side of their style works really well on this album.
There are straight out humorous songs, like Good Morning Judge which features a main character pleading to be sent back to prison the one in Rubber Bullets? Ooh, you've got a way. Ooh, you've had me crawling up the wall. And of course, Honeymoon With B Troop , where if you listen closely, it appears the singer is having a rather sexual relationship with a pinup poster. There is also the eleven minute Feel The Benefit , which has a feel of some of the Supertramp epics.
It's only marred by some maudlin string arrangements. But the real gem of the album is I Bought A Flat Guitar Tutor , an amazing little tune, where the chords are written into the lyrics. Incredibly clever. They begin with the upbeat 'Good Morning Judge. I'm a fan of crisp production, however, so I don't find the song to be bereft of all appreciable merit.
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Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. The music was simpler than some of the previous 10cc albums, it was far more direct, streamlined and positive. The whole album was recorded very in our terms quickly. I was on a mission, and flying higher and faster than I had ever been before, and I knew by then that we had a very strong album.
The new songs played a big part in the equation of course, I was out to prove also that we could write a hit album without Kevin and Lol The album was the first by 10cc to be recorded in the newly built Strawberry Studios South , though the original recording attempts with Godley and Creme were made in the original Strawberry Studios now referred as North. The cover design was provided by Hipgnosis. Gouldman said in "Every day I used to travel down from London and see the sign, 'Deceptive Bends.
Deceptive Bends itself was also a success, performing better than previous 10cc albums in a number of countries. An early "Voodoo Boogie" version of "People in Love" that featured a more offbeat arrangement and prominent backing vocals by Creme, was later included in 10cc's limited-edition box set Tenology in All tracks written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman.
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