Duncan Faure

Let It Be Right

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When the Bay City Rollers changed their name to simply the Rollers in the late 1970s and took an edgier and less sugary approach to power-pop, Duncan Faure was hired to replace Leslie McKeown as their lead singer. Faure proved to be a welcome addition to the revamped band, and did more than his part to make 1979's neglected Elevator on Arista the gem that it is. In the U.S., the band wasn't nearly as successful as it had been as the Bay City Rollers, but it certainly wasn't because of a lack of worthwhile songs. Faure subsequently went solo, and in 1993, Let It Be Right found him continuing to excel with pure, unapologetic power-pop. At a time when so many rockers were thriving on angst, Faure didn't hesitate to go against the grain with sunny, feel-good offerings like "Valentine," "Kinder Peaceful World" and "Feels Like Magic." Faure's influences included Paul McCartney and Elton John, and thankfully, he made no effort to hide that fact.