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The Faces: British Music Experience, London

Stephen Dalton, The Times, August 2010

SO MUCH FELT wrong about the first official comeback show by 1970s Britrock veterans the Faces on Wednesday. Ominously held at the O2 Arena's new pop heritage museum, the event had a soulless and sterile air, with heavy corporate branding and an uncomfortably stilted press conference. Rod Stewart's glaring absence was very much the elephant "not" in the room, while the addition of replacement singer Mick Hucknall and the former Sex Pistols bass guitarist Glen Matlock gave these reconstituted rockers the air of a pan-generational Frankenstein supergroup, like a musical equivalent of Sylvester Stallone's Expendables. 

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