Mojo (Publisher) - 4/00, p.116
"...A band turning stress and misery into pop genius....The sound of a band seeing the misery in others and feeling it themselves..."
BADFINGER is the reissue of the 1974 debut by this melodic U.K. rock band and features the songs "I Miss You," "Shine On," "Song For A Lost Friend," and "Lonely You."
The first Badfinger album recorded for Warner Brothers after the band's infamous split with Apple Records, this self-titled 1974 collection was unleashed on the public so close to the release of their last Apple album (ASS), that it, sadly, did not get quite the required opportunity to shine in its own light. But, decades later, the album shines on indeed, with the gorgeous, harmony-encrusted pop number "Shine On," patented Pete Ham piano weepers like "Miss You" and "Lonely You," and the credible attempt at pure R&B, "Matted Spam" (which Ham later rerecorded, solo, in a much heavier manner). One of the standouts is the faintly tropical "Where Do We Go From Here?" which strays from the program while still retaining the basic Badfinger melodic punch.