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Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw & the Cooked RIAA Certified Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Beth Bessmer

With The Raw & the Cooked, the Fine Young Cannibals broke into the mainstream with their particular soul-injected sound. They were seemingly infatuated with late-'50s and early-'60s Motown, and the musical influences on this album range from boogie ("Good Thing," on which Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland goes to town with a foot-stompin' piano solo) to poodle-skirted slow dance ("As Hard As It Is," "Tell Me What"), then stretch as far as Prince-like funk ("Don't Let It Get You Down"). Possessing one of the most unusual voices in all of pop music, lead singer Roland Gift gives this album its distinction and the Fine Young Cannibals their identity. About half the songs (including the hit "She Drives Me Crazy") are graced with Gift's steady, crystal-clear falsetto, but it's his swollen-throated lower register, where he sounds like he is singing through a trumpeter's plunger mute, that really makes his voice unmistakable.

1. She Drives Me Crazy6. Don't Look Back
2. Good Thing7. It's OK (It's Alright)
3. I'm Not the Man I Used to Be8. Don't Let It Get You Down
4. I'm Not Satisfied9. As Hard as It Is
5. Tell Me What10. Ever Fallen in Love?


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Artist: Fine Young Cannibals

Released: February 20, 1989

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum

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