Maggie Bell: Suicide Sal

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51aGKhjSjOL._SS280Though drafted by critics, publicists and some fans for the role of this decade’s Janis Joplin, Maggie Bell lacks the late singer’s ability to imprint everything she touches with her own personality. Besides, she sounds less like Janis than Rod Stewart. In any event, this is an uneven album. Highlighted by an attractive reading of “In My Life” (the Leo Sayer song, not the Fab Four classic), it reaches its nadir with an energetic but unimaginative reading of’ “I Saw Him Standing There” (the Beatles song, despite the pronoun).

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