Consumer Guide Album
The Beckies: The Beckies [Sire, 1976]
Michael Brown (the Left Banke, Stories) keeps getting better. The weld between his snazzy European colors and textures and the concise, kinetic pop structures of his American rock and roll is by now totally invisible, and the playing is energetic and expert. But these songs might as well have no words at all--not just that the lyrics don't reward careful attention, but that the singing is valiantly serviceable and that is all.