Friday, March 09, 2007

234. Faces - A Nod Is As Good As A Wink ... To A Blind Horse (1971)

Track Listing

1. Miss Judy's Farm
2. You're So Rude
3. Love Lived Here
4. Last Orders Please
5. Stay With Me
6. Debris
7. Memphis
8. Too Bad
9. That's All You Need


By now you all know about my shameful appreciation of Rod Stewart. Unfortunately this album doesn't live up to his solo albums. This is actually strange, if anything the Faces, previously Small Faces should offset his cornyness. However no song here is as memorable as any from Gasoline Alley or Every Picture Tells A Story.

This is not to say that the album is Bee Gees Trafalgar bad. Actually it is pretty good, but it really doesn't assert itself. Nothing about it is particularly wrong, the playing is good, the lyrics are good if a bit laddish, vocals aren't bad if you don't mind Rod, somehow, however nothing jumps at you particularly while listening to this. It sounds like rejects from Rod solo albums with more of an electric slant.

Well, John Peel loved them so there must be something here... but I can't see it. It is quite pleasant and inoffensive, you never scream "God this is shit!", sometimes you actually like some of the tracks after they've become familiar... so buy it from Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Love Lives Here
2. Stay With Me
3. That's All You Need
4. Miss Judy's Farm

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

With the addition of Rod Stewart (5'8") and Ron Wood (5'9") the "small" part of the original band name was dropped, and they continued as the Faces. Still, their first album was released in the U.S. under the name "Small Faces" due to a "mistake" by their record company.

In celebration of International Women's Day, yesterday, Stay With Me:

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