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Frank Review

Review- Toronto Star, October 1989
By Craig MacInnis


Squeeze Frank (A&M):

Cheeky, delightful pop from a group that, until recently, seemed hopelessly mired in the middle-aged doldrums. Frank may lack the elegant genius of East Side Story (the English band's best album), but it's got it all over later efforts like Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, which tended towards dolorous lyrics and vapid musical arrangements.

Lyricist Chris Difford brings rueful humor to "Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken", a breezy lover's lament: "But things could be worse, things could be very bad for me", he sings, and you get the feeling he'll live to love another day and probably bungle it just as badly. C'est la vie.

There's a cheeky resignation to Frank, from the fatalistic ennui of "(This Could Be) The Last Time" to the droll philosophizing of "She Doesn't Have To Shave". Lead vocalist Glenn Tilbrook still delivers his lines with a boyish enthusiasm that plays nicely against Difford's hard-bitten wit and the band, led by Jools Holland's spidery keyboards, hasn't lost any of its zest.

Squeeze, it seems, has survived the storms of adulthood, humor intact.

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