14

In a Bunch

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14's sole album was a rather awkward stab at mid-'60s Beatlesque pop/rock, obviously influenced by the kind of songs the Beatles were coming up with by the time of Revolver, but on the milder and less inspired side. Some Hollies and Kinks can be heard in some of the harmonies and folkier busk-paced tunes as well. While a tune like "Please Girl Put Me on Your List" is a throwback to the wimpier harmony rock aspects of the early British Invasion, "Suit-Men Crowd" sounds more like "Taxman" in its spiky guitars and sardonic social observation. It might be the product of writing in a second language, but the lyrics in compositions like "Restless Feeling One After Dinner" seem to lack a sure hand despite their obvious aspirations toward something beyond standard boy-girl scenarios. All 14 (naturally) of the tracks are included on the CD compilation 14 in a Bunch...And More, which adds some non-LP cuts from 1965-1968 singles and three 1997 recordings.