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Mike & the Mechanics
The on-again, off-again Mechanics team Mike Rutherford, bass player—guitarist for Genesis, with vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young. (That's Paul Young the lesser; not the "Every Time You Go Away" guy but the Sad Cafe alum). Rounding out the combo are drummer Peter Van Hooke and keyboardist Adrian Lee.
Their third outing is another enjoyable sampling of light but sturdy song-craft. The best tracks are Rutherford-Carrack collaborations, including the perky pop-gospel of "Get Up" and the ballad "The Way You Look at Me." Rutherford wrote some fetching tunes with B.A. Robertson as well, including the poignant "A Time and Place."
The group's touch is not unerring. The title song, for instance, is a stuffy sing-along. But the sound is bright and crisp, the melodies, for the most part, infectious. Mike and his musical grease monkeys have their four-cylinder pop engine all tuned up and purring. (Atlantic)"
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