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March 12, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
Momentum can be crucial in pop music, where out of sight has often proved to be out of mind. So industry observers saw danger signals all around when the Fine Young Cannibals didn't follow their highly regarded 1985 debut album with a new collection in 1986 . . . or 1987 . . . or 1988. The first suspicion: Roland Gift, the English rock trio's charismatic lead singer, was going solo. On the first Cannibals LP, Gift demonstrated the talent as a singer and lyricist to make the prospect reasonable.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN
Momentum can be crucial in pop music, where out of sight has often proved to be out of mind. So industry observers saw danger signals all around when the Fine Young Cannibals didn't follow their highly regarded 1985 debut album with a new collection in 1986 . . . or 1987 . . . or 1988. The first suspicion: Roland Gift, the English rock trio's charismatic lead singer, was going solo. On the first Cannibals LP, Gift demonstrated the talent as a singer and lyricist to make the prospect reasonable.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1986 | LORI E. PIKE
"FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS." Fine Young Cannibals. I.R.S. Singer Roland Gift is not one of this trio's two English Beat alumni, but his voice is hewn from the same clever, craggy stone as that of former Beat-boy Dave Wakeling (now in General Public). While this Cannibal's not quite God's gift to soul, he has enough vocal gumption and individuality to make these mostly melancholy tales about iffy love and government gone bad believable.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS "The Raw & the Cooked." I.R.S. **** The Cannibals' sophomore opus just may be the best tribute to and update of American soul styles from England since the Rolling Stones' "Black and Blue" or side 2 of "Tattoo You." In fact, singer Roland Gift often employs the same catchy falsetto Mick Jagger used to such great effect on those Stones records. Of course, there's hardly any novelty in even a terrific soul update from the U.K.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1986 | CHRIS WILLMAN
As anyone who's seen the Fine Young Cannibals' video for the terrific "Johnny Come Home" single will testify, singer Roland Gift has the biggest mouth in rock 'n' roll. Happily, he has a big voice to go with it. Gift, a sort of English Al Green, has amazing chops and the ideal R&B voice. He's able to sound utterly cool while projecting a quivering tone that suggests he might be choking back tears. Maybe he's choking them back too hard.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1991 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Band: Londonbeat. Personnel: Jimmy Helms, lead vocals, trumpet; George Chandler, vocals; Jimmy Chambers, vocals; Willy M, guitar, keyboards, programming. History: Americans Chandler and Helms and Trinidad native Chambers have been singing together and separately in England since the mid-'70s, with session credits including work with Fine Young Cannibals, Paul Young and Tina Turner.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1986 | CRAIG LEE
Group: Fine Young Cannibals. Personnel: Roland Gift, vocals; David Steele, bass; Andy Cox, guitar. History: Steele and Cox are former members of the English Beat, one of the most popular and influential groups to come out of England's ska- and soul-flavored Two-Tone scene. After the Beat broke up in 1983, Steele and Cox tried to recruit a vocalist, and even solicited for a singer on MTV.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1987 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
After the freshness and subtlety of "My Beautiful Laundrette"--the assured manner in which Hanif Kureishi's screenplay folded together the subjects of race, sex, age, class and money in present-day London and the deft generosity with which Stephen Frears directed it--it is no fun to report that, by whatever name, "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid" (advertised decorously in The Times and elsewhere as "Sammy and Rosie") is stunningly, ponderously bad. (It is at the Beverly Center Cineplex.
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