The Beckies

The Beckies

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Although the Beckies' only album was an identifiably Michael Brown creation in the pleasing, unpredictable melodies and chord changes, it doesn't measure up to his achievements as keyboardist/songwriter with the Left Banke, Stories, and Montage. The group is rather faceless, the production on the cold and sterile side, and the compositions not as arresting as Brown's finest. As is often the case with his work, it's the slower and midtempo numbers that come off best, such as "Fran" and "One of These Days" (the cut that's closest to matching the best moments on the Stories albums). The harder it rocks, the more it falls into a generic mid-1970s sound.

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