10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

10cc’s 1973 debut is easily one of the most underrated records of the '70s. It's pop music in its most wildly flavorful and bubbly state. Even great songs seem positively dull when compared to “The Dean and I” or “Rubber Bullets,” which are so aerodynamic and sensational that you barely have time to notice all the little surprises this group can pack into a four-minute song. There's a profound sense of play to this music, but 10cc never took its satirical mischief to the wearisome absurdism of Frank Zappa. The music is ambitious and unique, but without the pretense of a Big Artistic Statement. Above all else, 10cc valued fun. This band loved motion and color and humor. Even within the complexity of its arrangements and the elasticity of its vocals, the group radiates a giddiness rarely seen in rock music, especially during the cement-footed '70s. 10cc whizzes by in little more than a half-hour. The songs are as appealing as pieces of hard candy. Taken together, this is a bag of treats that many listeners can't resist returning to time and again.

EDITORS’ NOTES

10cc’s 1973 debut is easily one of the most underrated records of the '70s. It's pop music in its most wildly flavorful and bubbly state. Even great songs seem positively dull when compared to “The Dean and I” or “Rubber Bullets,” which are so aerodynamic and sensational that you barely have time to notice all the little surprises this group can pack into a four-minute song. There's a profound sense of play to this music, but 10cc never took its satirical mischief to the wearisome absurdism of Frank Zappa. The music is ambitious and unique, but without the pretense of a Big Artistic Statement. Above all else, 10cc valued fun. This band loved motion and color and humor. Even within the complexity of its arrangements and the elasticity of its vocals, the group radiates a giddiness rarely seen in rock music, especially during the cement-footed '70s. 10cc whizzes by in little more than a half-hour. The songs are as appealing as pieces of hard candy. Taken together, this is a bag of treats that many listeners can't resist returning to time and again.

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