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FAR FROM HOME

Traffic

 

Eclectic Prog

3.07 | 53 ratings

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sircosick
3 stars Originally a Winwood/Capaldi work, this CD was released in honor to Chris Wood, the excellent Traffic's flutist and saxophonist, who died in the 80's.

It's mostly pop-oriented, with several tracks in the vein of Winwood's solo efforts. So, to the prog die-hard fan, many songs here could sound flat and boring, even awful, despite the still high composition quality by the duo Winwood/Capaldi on tracks like State of Grace, Holy Ground and the self-titled one, easily the best songs here. In other words, this CD shows us the decadence of one more prog band that had to get into the 80' and 90' new waves, as any prog band like Genesis, Tull, KC, etc., although Traffic was a bit later than many other bands (exactly 20 years after their supposed split up), but anyway, it was the same old story: this release sounds poppish and lack of inspiration in most of the tracks, in comparison to any previous album.

Of course there isn't prog music here, but some catchy pop songs. Holy Ground (my favourite) has one of the most beautiful intros that I've never heard, with organ and Uillean Pipes, an irish instrument of wonderful sound. State of Grace also has brilliant moments and, in general, this album isn't terrible; I mean, as a Traffic fan you could be dissappointed with this one, but neither it will hurt your ears. Even, personally I can perfectly enjoy pop music, and this album fits good enough!

Give another half star for Holy Ground...... what a wonderful song!!

sircosick | 3/5 |

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