Largely lacking co-leader Chris Bell
, Big Star
's second album also lacked something of the pop sweetness (especially the harmonies) of #1 Record
. What it possessed was Alex Chilton
's urgency (sometimes desperation) on songs that made his case as a genuine rock & roll eccentric. If #1 Record
had a certain pop perfection that brought everything together, Radio City
was the sound of everything falling apart, which proved at least as compelling.