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BATTLE LINES

John Wetton

 

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3.51 | 32 ratings

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Bupie
3 stars Your girlfriend doesn't like prog ? Try this one. Of course, you won't tell her that the only prog element here is Robert Fripp's name in the credits.

Seriously, Battle Lines is the most unchallenging album I have heard in years. Everything here is purposely mellow to the core and very easy on the ears. So is it bad ? No it just needs to be taken for what it is : a pure entertainment product.

The album contains ten songs, all short and very well crafted, carried by the distinctive and beautiful Wetton's voice and top notch guest musicians. The songs are carefully divided between five ballads and five light rockers. For the ballads, think of early Asia (i.e. "The Smile has left your Eyes"), for the rockers remember Steve Winwood's album Back on the high Life and you'll have a pretty precise idea of what you'll find on Battle Lines. No filler but no standout either, even if I have a soft spot for the album title's eponym song.

A perfect musical background for a mundane aperitif with not too close friends. If a gap happens in the conversation, John Wetton will fill it neatly and politely. Thanks, John .

Bupie | 3/5 |

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