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10cc's third album, The Original Soundtrack, finally scored them a
major hit in the United States, and rightly so; "I'm Not in Love"
walked a fine line between self-pity and self-parody with its weepy tale
of a boy who isn't in love (really!), and the marvelously lush
production and breathy vocals allowed the tune to work beautifully
either as a sly joke or at face value. The album's opener, "Une Nuit a
Paris," was nearly as marvelous; a sly and often hilarious extended
parody of both cinematic stereotypes of life and love in France and
overblown European pop. And side one's closer, "Blackmail," was a witty
tale of sex and extortion gone wrong, with a superb guitar solo
embroidering the ride-out. That's all on side one; side two, however, is
a bit spottier, with two undistinguished tunes, "Brand New Day" and
Flying Junk," nearly dragging the proceedings to a halt before the band
rallied the troops for a happy ending with the hilarious "The Film of
Our Love." The Original Soundtrack's best moments rank with the
finest work 10cc ever released; however, at the same time it also
displayed what was to become their Achilles' heel -- the inability to
make an entire album as strong and memorable as those moments.