Small Faces (1966)
The Small Faces don’t usually end up near the top of the British Invasion roll call. After all, they are competing with the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, and the Who. But I like them better than the Who, and like this debut better than any disc the Stones had put out by then. The songwriting on their originals is, admittedly, quite weak. I’m a man about the music, though, and this is a definitive heavy mid-60s party album. Steve Marriott might be my favorite of the British Invasion band singers. He just has a full rock and roll voice, and it carries through on any of these songs. The band does good too, really grooves. I only have the heart to give this four stars because it isn’t in masterpiece territory, but on a good day four stars does almost feel too low.
4 stars, October 12, 2013