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Split Enz


Crossover Prog

2.80 | 23 ratings

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4 stars A transitional album for Enz, the beginning of their more popish career. I really do sympathise with Enz going more pop, they had to, to survive actually Tim was going to call it quits if it wasn't for the success of I See Red. Make no mistake the songs on this album are decent, they still have depth but there are a few what prog fans would consider duds such as famous people and She got body and Soul (fear not they are nowhere as dreadful as Paperlate or In too Deep by Genesis) but there are many tracks that will appeal to prog fans with their proggy keyboards such as the Raynor songs Marooned, Frenzy (which has a Genesisque beginning, and Noel putting on silly voices and chaos) and Abu Dhabi , also the wackeyness in Hermit Mcdermit, Betty is pretty damn good as well with that intense keyboards Also their are artsy pop songs such as I See Red (ok I admit it has punk elements to it, but Raynor's keyboards save the day,and its still a damn good song). I would say this is more of a prog-related album, it has some tracks that will appeal to prog fans, some duds but mostly strong tracks. I don't recommend it to newbies to Enz but only after having Mental Notes/Second Thoughts and Dizrythmia, but this will appeal to fans of Brian Eno's Warm Jets and Tiger Mountain, also fans of Talking Heads and Devo. I think a three and a half is suitable, I find Seantrane's score of 2 quite harsh, its better than anything Genesis did past 1980, or a lot of prog bands whom went pop, because these songs have depth and not greed written on them. 3.5 from me!
Cheesecakemouse | 4/5 |


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