man of many faces reviewed

You never know with the public. Critics in the UK were universal in their praise of Christie's third single .. but it only prodded the charts in Britain, even though it was a big hit across Europe and Asia.

Record Mirror clippingMan of Many Faces

Record Mirror

   It's a fairly simply routined number, but with a good set of lyrics. There's a shortage of immediate melodic hooks, but the sheer fact is if you hear it a few times it becomes immediately commercial.
   Very much a solo showcase for Jeff Christie's voice .. but then he wrote it! It sort of gallops along - a chart cert.

Music Business Weekly:
   Something of a change for the heavier on Christie's third single, but sacrificing none of the instantaneous appeal of Yellow River and San Bernadino. Some excellent guitar work, and a pounding, repetitive chorus. Sure to move.

   Another surprise this week — though a nice one — is this track from the once over-jolly band who now turn up sounding very nicely in check on a good, slightly dark little song by Jeff Christie. It's rather attractive with a nicely chopped-up rhythym.

Melody Maker:
   Another Jeff Christie song which should make a good follow-up to Yellow River and San Bernadino. Particularly interesting is the bass guitar which reminds me of the work of Chris Squire.
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New Musical Express:
   This is Christie's follow-up to their two previous hits, Yellow River and San Bernadino, and shows a marked development from the early country influence through to the much harder rock sound of their latest release.
   It's again written by group leader Jeff Christie and features strident, punchy guitars which strengthen the easily remembered melody and lyric. There's nothing pretentious about it. It's just competent pop and a record that can make you feel good to listen to.


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