(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
After enjoying unimaginable success with the previous album The Original Soundtrack, the four members of 10cc would head into the studios and the fruits of their labor would produce the bands most ambitious album to date, How Dare You! in 1975.
On the band's fourth album How Dare You!, the band's sound on this album had matured so much even over its predecessor, that it almost sounded like a different group, where the band despite the groups trademark "tongue in cheek" lyrical humor is still abound on the album, but the music placed to each of seemed a bit more serious and well polished then previous recordings.
How Dare You! still has 10cc churning out hit single with the infectious catchy "Art For Art Sake" and the McCartney-ish "I'm Mandy Fly Me" in which both singles reached the top 10 in the UK. Other highlights on How Dare You! are the instrumental title track, "I Wanna Rule The World" and the album's closer, the excellent "Don't Hang Up".
It is also on How Dare You! that the "progressively ambitious" half of 10cc (Godley And Creme) would play for the last time as members of 10cc. The creative tensions of having to face the other halves (Stewart and Gouldman) scrutiny for creating music too overly ambitious and the chance to develop the guitar synthesizer called "The Gizmo", which Godley and Creme helped create, wanted to exploit the instrument more freely.
In closing, How Dare You! is still one of the better outputs from the band, and still showed the bands progression from their eponymous debut to this great album, but in hindsight, the creative tensions of four excellent musicians, working more comfortably as duos than as a creative quartet.