THE POLICE – “So Lonely” / “No Time This Time” (A&M AMS 7402) October 1978

The Police ‘So Lonely’ – This band have been complaining about their treatment by the critics. How is it, they argue, that 10cc can get away with white reggae, but they can’t? One answer is that 10cc don’t sound like Amen Corner doing a cover version of a Desmond Dekker song. That said, this is quite a lively knees-up, especially when the chorus gains speed. Maybe a little more speed would have helped all round. (NME)

Sting, Summers and Copeland produced one of the singles of the year in ‘Roxanne’. This is in the same vein – white reggae based on riddums and a race for hell breakneck hook. A good album track which could be a minor hit. (Record Mirror)

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