No Dice

No Dice

by Badfinger
     
 

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Badfinger's second album No Dice kicks off with "I Can't Take It," a rocker that signaled even if Badfinger still played pop and sang ballads, they considered themselves a rock band. What gave Badfinger character is they blended their desire to rock with their sensitive side instead of compartmentalizing. Even when they rock on NoSee more details below

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Badfinger's second album No Dice kicks off with "I Can't Take It," a rocker that signaled even if Badfinger still played pop and sang ballads, they considered themselves a rock band. What gave Badfinger character is they blended their desire to rock with their sensitive side instead of compartmentalizing. Even when they rock on No Dice, it's never earthy, like, say, the Stones. Badfinger's very sensibility and sound is modeled after the early British Invasion, where bands sang catchy, concise love songs. Yet there's a worldliness to their music absent from that of their forefathers, partially because Badfinger styled themselves as classicists, adapting the sound of their idols and striving to create a similar body of work. No Dice bears this out, boasting old-fashioned rockers, catchy pop tunes, and acoustic ballads. On the surface, there's nothing special about such a well-crafted, sharply produced, straight-ahead pop record, but the pleasure of a power pop album is in the craft. No Dice is not without flaws -- a byproduct of an all-writing, all-singing band is that some songs don't measure up -- but it does achieve the right balance of craft, fun, and emotion, due in no small part to Pete Ham's songwriting. Ham dominates the record, providing note-perfect openers and closers, along with the centerpiece singles "No Matter What" and "Without You," the latter a yearning, painful ballad co-written with Tom Evans. Collaborating with new guitarist Joey Molland, Evans wrote two other excellent songs ("I Don't Mind," "Better Days"), while Molland's own "Love Me Do" chugs along with nice momentum. Still, the heart of the album lies in Ham's work.. He proves that songcraft is what separates great power-pop from good, and it's what makes No Dice a superb pop record.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099990580727
catalogNumber:
05807
Rank:
32537

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Badfinger   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Badfinger   Composer
Joey Molland   Composer
Geoff Emerick   Producer
Mal Evans   Producer
Tom Evans   Composer
Mike Gibbins   Composer
Pete Ham   Composer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Richard Lush   Engineer
Steve Rooke   Remastering
Gene Mahon   Original Sleeve Design
Guy Massey   Remastering
Richard DiLello   Original Sleeve Design
Sam O'Kell   Remastering
Darren Evans   Redesign
Mike Heatley   Reissue Producer
Andy Davis   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer

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