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Number 72

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Nothing Rhymed (MAM 3 - 1970)

In the early 1970s it was impossible to avoid the songs of Gilbert O'Sullivan, whose appeal spread across a wide demographic. His stage presence appeared totally out of place as glam rock began to dominate the charts at the time. Seated at the piano and dressed like a schoolboy from a Thomas Hardy novel, the Irish-born singer-songwriter balanced his out-dated dress sense, much to his management's disdain, with a repertoire of highly melodic songs with a strong lyrical content. The good songs were randomly spread across a repertoire that also included meaningless bubblegum chart fodder such as Ooh Wakka Doo Wakka Day. Nothing Rhymed shone out not just for its thoughtful lyrics but also the fine orchestral arrangement.