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4 stars I refuse to give this album five stars. An album has to be excellent from start to finish to be given five stars, and Foxtrot just doesn't do that (not in my opinion anyway).

'Watcher of the Skies' is an excellent track, and the perfect choice for an album opener. I don't think i really need to say much about it; I'm going to take it as red that you've heard this song many many times (as I have) and enjoyed it immensly (as I have).

'Suppers' Ready', the bands only track over 15 minutes, is an excellent epic, no doubt because of the song medley method of constructing an epic, which works a hell of a lot better than trying to write a 20 minuter all at once (eg. Close To the Edge, 2112 & Hemispheres as opposed to Tales of Topographic Oceans). It works magnificently, and leaves you with such a good feeling afterward.

Now, I had heard these tracks before i owned the album as a whole; spurred on by all the positive reviews here, I thought the other songs would be just as good. Well, 'Watcher..' and 'Suppers..' overshadow the rest so much that I couldn't help but be dissapointed. It seemed to me as though the othes were just to fill the gap between them. Now, I realise that this is probably quite an unfair way to judge an album, but I am just being honest.

'Time Table' is a nice song, its piano intro a precursor, I think, to 'Firth of Fifth', found on the following album. It strongly reminds me of 'Seven Stones', from 'Nursury Cryme'. 'Get 'em Out by Friday', another nice song, is kind of a parallel to 'Harold the Barrel' on 'Nursury Cryme'; the song serves as a kind of comic releif, at least lyrically, by not being as serious as the other songs. 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners', kind of repeats the mood in 'Time Table', with a slightly faster tempo, but makes much more impact that the other two, and behind 'Suppers' Ready' and 'Watcher' is the third best song. 'Horizons', I thought, is a bit pointless, and should really be on one of Hacketts later solo albums rather than here, where it smacks strongly of filler.

Normally i don't do TbT reviews, but I felt it important that people knew what they were really getting, because 'Watcher' and 'Suppers' are so popular. Don't get me wrong, I think it is a good album, It's just that the 'sag' after 'Watcher' lets it down as a whole. But a very well deserved four stars, and I would reccomend it to others without hesitation.

retrorocker | 4/5 |


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