When Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc in 1976 to pursue a solo career, many thought it was the death knell for the group. However, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the group alive as a duo (with the assistance of percussionist Paul Burgess) and turned in a surprisingly solid album with 1977's Deceptive Bends. It may lack the devil-may-care wackiness that popped up on previous 10cc albums, but it makes up for it by crafting a series of lush, catchy pop songs that are witty in their own right.
also produced a pair of notable hits for the group: "Good Morning
Judge" told the comical tale of a career criminal over a hook-laden,
surprisingly funky pop backing while "The Things We Do for Love" was an
irresistible Beatles pastiche that showcased 10cc's
mastery of pop vocal harmonies. "People in Love," a surprisingly
straightforward ballad built on a gorgeous string arrangement, also
became a modest chart success. The remainder of the material doesn't
stand out as sharply as these hits, but each of the tracks offers up
plenty of naggingly catchy pop hooks, oodles of catchy riffs, and
surprising twists in their arrangements. Highlights among the non-hit
tracks include "Marriage Bureau Rendezvous," a satire of dating services
set to a lilting soft rock melody, and "You've Got a Cold," a portrait
of illness-influenced misery set to a percolating pop melody. The only
place where Deceptive Bends
slips is on "Feel the Benefit," the lengthy medley that closes the
album. Its excessive length and hazy lyrics make it less satisfying than
the album's shorter tunes, but it is kept afloat by a catchy,
mock-Spanish midsection and some lovely string arrangements. All in all,
Deceptive Bends is the finest achievement of 10cc's post-Godley and Creme lineup and well worth a spin for anyone who enjoyed Sheet Music or The Original Soundtrack.
Hello Folks thank God it's friday lol. Two days of leisure and i love that :-)! Here we go with 10cc, a real strong band in the tradition of great songwriting and the wllingness of experience. These guys was one of my absolute favourites in the 70's. This is the first album without Kevin Godley and Lol Creme which did projects after the breakup with a lot of success. For me i love more the things of Graham Gouldman. From the sixties until today he wrote a giant string of wonderful songs. With 10cc and also in his solo projects. He is a real gifted musician (like the other three guys, too). But sorry, i wander from the subject. This is a very strong record in every sense. So i hope you will like it and have a lot of fun. By the way this is the japanese SHM-CD edition from 2014.