Link1 & LinkB. I’m usually of the opinion that anything released after 1982 is shit, and have bought probably 2 CD’s of new music in the last ten years, but I stumbled upon the LDN video on some channel one night, and then the video of “Smile”. And damn, in my opinion these two sound like two all-time classics- quintessential British Pop that would be hits in any decade (with era appropriate lyrics, natch). That’s why I don’t think the nursery rhyme knock is bad- most pre-Beatles classics were like that, and even some after that.
And I can’t think of any two back to back or close hits where the second one perfectly catches the feel and vibe of the first, without being a copy or lower quality- the only comparable songs I can think of are Gary Wrights “Dream Weaver” & “Love Is Alive”.
Hopefully this album which I just ordered is consistently good- the only three songs I have heard are the above and “Nan”, and since when I used to buy albums three good songs would be enough to make the album worth getting, I guess even if the rest are duds, its better than most.