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CRIME OF THE CENTURY

Supertramp

 

Crossover Prog

4.34 | 1050 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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Honorary Collaborator
5 stars So begins the classic Supertramp era.

While they may not be the absolute most conforming-to-prog band out there as others may (King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Ect.), Supertramp still delivers progressive flavored music that's accessable to many, and this album is no exception. Perhaps their best bunch of songs, Crime... is a delightful mix of serious topics with a kind of fluffy structure. I once went about thinking that Supertramps songs were merely fun and playful, and they are, but only in sound. If you've ever really listened to a Supertramp song, you'll find that many of the lyrics are actually quite heavy (ASYLUM and Take The Long Way home from Breakfast are a couple good examples.). Anyways, now that I'm done wandering away form my topic I'll start the review.

Many of the tracks from this album you've likely already heard, with songs like SCHOOL, BLOODY WELL RIGHT and DREAMER being very radio friendly. This is for a reason, however, as DREAMER is quite catchy, while who could forget the magnificent piano solo in SCHOOL? Classic. Some of the best songs however are the ones seldom heard. HIDE IN YOUR SHELL is a particualr standout with a nice somber intro that quickly transforms (with a snap of the fingers. Literally.) to a hard hitting trip that features great vocals and all around instumentation. Another very often forgotten song is the title track, though slow and quiet, it features some very progressive progression and (again) instumentation. ASYLUM and RUDY are the two longer tracks that feature Davis as the main vocalist, and he does quite a job. Good enough, in fact, for those who dislike 80s 'tramp to forgive him of what he would later do.

All around this is a great offering that demands visiting and revisiting. For those who doubt Supertramp's power as an album band or have only heard their singles I strongly recommend this album, you will not be let down. 4.5 stars (rounded up). An increadible album, and a great addition to any prog library.

Queen By-Tor | 5/5 |

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