Fools' Party

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The fourth and last album from the U.K. pop/rock band Blue (a fifth album, The LA Sessions, was later cobbled together from a few years' worth of demos), 1979's Fools Party is a pleasant enough piece of mainstream pop/rock triangulated somewhere between Korgis, Little River Band, and late-period Badfinger. But while the album is of a piece with its better-selling predecessor Another Night Time Flight (although this time the group's mentor, Elton John, only produced three tracks) and has a few genuinely good tracks on it -- the single "Strangers Town" and the shockingly Paul McCartney & Wings-like "Without You" are particular highlights -- Fools Party must have sounded dated even in 1979: the ultra-slick and heavily compressed production, along with the arrangements making use of '70s pop clich├ęs like electric piano and George Harrison-style slide guitar, are distracting even on the good songs, which makes weaker tunes like the histrionic "Love Sings" downright annoying. Interesting as a piece of pop archeology more than as an album, Fools Party is nonetheless fitfully entertaining.

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