Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
Released: Jul 1980
Label: Parlophone UK
You needn't be as convinced of Kevin Rowland's tortured genius as he clearly is to enjoy his band's odd, exuberant debut. Some songs drag a bit, since he won't sing until he feels it, man, and others are weighed down by an insistence that every word mean something important. But none of that matters when everything clicks, as on the blissful chorus of "Seven Days Too Long" ("without you / bay-bee / come on back to me").