B-side of Give Me A Kiss
More pseudo-Merseybeat water-treading, very, very similar to writer and singer Mike Valvano’s previous Motown effort as an artist, I Found Myself A Brand New Baby; it’s the second coming of Mike and the Modifiers, a year and a half after their début, their quasi-British beat sound now en vogue. But this isn’t as good as even the fourth-rate British Invasion hangers-on it was realistically competing with for airplay and Beatles fans’ pocket money. It’s certainly not as good as I Found Myself A Brand New Baby.
It just feels wrong somehow, in a way I can’t exactly put my finger on. The effect of the verses is surprisingly downbeat and doleful, and the light, playful touch the chorus aims for (very definite shades of Please Please Me here) never quite comes off, instead coming over like a wayward, tuneless Beach Boys LP filler track from early ’63.
Not without its charms, and the ambition is there, but ultimately the song just isn’t good enough (worse than that, there frequently doesn’t seem to be a song there in the first place, just a series of quasi-Merseybeat inflections), and all the British Invasion trappings in the world can’t save a record if there’s not a decent tune at its heart.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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