Bay City Rollers


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Duncan Faure's second album as a Bay City Roller and, with the semi-conceptual ruminations of Elevator out of their system, the bandmembers can settle down to some serious power pop rocking. Unrecognizable as the tartan terrors of such recent renown, the Rollers had thoroughly reinvented themselves, someplace between classic Raspberries and the reborn Searchers; tight melodies and driving harmonies are their stock in trade, courtesy of an in-house writing machine that will astonish anyone who drifts into this stage of the band's career by mistake. Occasionally they make a false move -- a cover of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" adds nothing to either the song or the album, beyond giving passing cynics something to smirk at. But Voxx is still an excellent album, from the opening punch of "God Save Rock & Roll" through to the weary "Only the Young Die Old." And if the Rollers had only changed their name, more people might have noticed them.

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