Rolling Stone, 1979
The band's chief problem resides in its two alternating lead vocalists, Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, both of whom usually sing with puzzling and dull reserve. The tongue-in-cheek lyrics of "It's So Dirty" and "Touching Me Touching You" (the latter an ode to masturbation) demand real vocal verve to sustain interest. Not surprisingly, Squeeze is most successful in parts of "Slightly Drunk", "Goodbye Girl" and "Slap & Tickle", where the singers let loose to harmonize endearingly.
If Tilbrook and Difford were more convincing, it'd be easy to admire this record. There are plenty of perky melodies ("It's So Dirty", "Up The Junction"), some shadowy synthesizer work ("The Knack") and lots of engagingly understated guitar lines. Maybe next time, Squeeze will come up as a winner. As Cool For Cats' best moments suggest, they have it in them.
In the early 90s, "Cool For Cats" was reissued on a "double feature" cassette with "East Side Story". Click HERE to read a review of that package.