March 03, 1986 12:00 PM

Mike + the Mechanics

On his third solo project, Mike Rutherford, the guitarist and bassist for Genesis, finally has a hit on his own, away from Phil Collins. Silent Running, a well-crafted, simple tune from this album, rose to the top of the rock chart. It is the shadow play of Paul Carrack’s canny voice (he once sang for Squeeze) that makes Silent Running a listening experience worth repeating. In fact, the best songs on this attractively spare record are dignified by Carrack’s touch. But four of the vocals are handled by Paul Young. Not to be confused with Mr. Everytime You Go A way Young, this Paul is the singer for the British group Sad Cafe. He brings a brooding, bittersweet tone, somewhat like the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, to willowy ballads such as You Are the One and Par Avion. While Rutherford himself doesn’t sing, he and his crew run a clean and lean machine on this outing. (Atlantic)

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