Peter Sarstedt

Where Do You Go My Lovely?

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"I looked up from my book and thought, I am a cathedral, in the shadow of St. Stephen." The very first line of Sarstedt's debut LP gives fair warning that you're dealing with a writer who isn't going to let a little thing like overblown cosmic pretension be a cause for embarrassment. If you want more along that line, there's the song about "Many Coloured Semi Precious Plastic Easter Eggs," and if you want an over-ambitious subject, there's "The Sons of Cain Are Abel." He does show a sense of humor, though, in "My Daddy Is a Millionaire." Elsewhere, his overtly observational, oh-so-slightly self-satisfied sense of wordplay dominates. His sub-Donovan sense of melody and delivery isn't bad, and the precious baroque orchestration both dates the record and invests it with a peculiar fascination. Originally released as Peter Sarstedt, it features the huge European hit title track.

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