Chuck Eddy
July 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Backsliding Fearlessly: The Early Years

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Music
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B

The ’70s British glamsters Mott the Hoople mixed ornate frills, ’50s saxes, and bitter prophecies about the Union Jack with a beat that kept them rocking beneath the fancy embellishments. In their ”early years” (1970-72), the band tended to get mired in incoherent sludge. But a few songs here on Backsliding Fearlessly: The Early Years still pack a cynicism and guitar bite that sting. B

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