Solid beat-groups-to-order record which I’d guess lands unerringly in the “had to be there” box. If this hit you at a certain age or in the right situation then maybe something would spark – but what pop song can’t you say that about? Everything about “I’m Alive” is well done but the Hollies throw away their best hook in the intro and the drummer only really starts having fun in the last ten seconds. In between is a song which to my first-time ears sounds like a reasonable exercise in a waning style, and a chorus that protests too much.

Score: 5

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