07. Ballroom Debut
09. I'll Be Your Friend
Saturday, November 14, 2020
The Books - Expertise (1980, Logo)
The Books proved a fruitless effort given that their moniker and album title are so ubiquitous by themselves (and just as much so paired together) that it wasn't long before I relented. I don't own a physical copy (yet) so I can't even provide any biographical data a cursory set of album credits might have offered, including where they hailed from, but the UK or elsewhere in Europe is a virtually assured bet given the accents I'm picking up on. Not quite as dark or noir as Expertise's album jacket might suggest, The Books were heavily reliant on keyboards, and deviate between an array of styles, hopscotching from the cheeky title cut and the even more high strung "Dusters," arguably running parallel to Devo, to the more conventional 'wave' inclinations of "Osterreich" and "Metaphysic." As for "Rain" ballads don't necessarily suit them, albeit there are no outright missteps on this platter. Recommended, and if you're really impressed Discogs enlightens us that three singles accompanied the surrounding era of Expertise.