Tuesday, 27 August 2019
City Boy - City Boy (1976)
The debut album from this band from Birmingham, England.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals.
I first became aware of their cool name when I was a small boy.... 7-8 years old. But I have never really heard a tone from them until now, 43 years later.
I got a handful of their albums and will review them this autumn.
City Boy was an art-rock band with a lot of pop influences. That is as much as I know. And they were very influential too. These days, they are largely forgotten.
Art-rock with a lot of pop sensibilities and 1970s sound is perhaps not something many value these days. Nevertheless, that is what we are treated to here.
The sound is dated.... a lot dated. That aside, the music is also melodic with some decently good hooks and melody lines.
This though is their debut album and I am not sure what the band wanted here. At least the vocalist is good and the musicians did their things right.
The music is rather poppy and soft. There are a couple of half-good songs here. There are talents in the band. Both in their song writing and as musicians.
This is a decent album and far from a bad album. It is an album well worth checking out.