Godley & Creme

Freeze Frame

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It's impossible to mistake this for a 1981 J. Geils Band release of the same name. This album gets the nod over other Godley and Creme efforts because sometimes they actually stay with a tune to the end instead of sailing off on a Frank Zappa-like tangent. That might be because the part-time presence of Paul McCartney and Phil Manzanera keeps their hosts grounded. "An Englishman in New York" sounds remarkably like Queen in spots and is the strongest track on the album, although its smugness wears thin after awhile.

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