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Supertramp - Crime of the Century CD (album) cover




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4.31 | 1663 ratings

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4 stars Supertramp had developed from the pseudo intellectual prog rock that was their first album into a more pop/prog rock hybrid in their 3rd and probably most memorable album "Crime.".

The tracks in this album were given more "oomph" with better production work than previous albums, and had a theme of madness, alienation and mental breakdown.

The album starts off well right from the start with "School" and the amusing "Bloody Well Right", which were more pop influenced, than prog, but "Hide in your Shell", and "Asylum" were both mini prog epics. The prog epic feel was continued on the second half of the album with "Rudy" and "Crime of the Century".

There isn't really a weak track on the album unless you nit-pick and choose "If everyone was listening", but the overall feel is that of a well constructed string of very well written and memorable songs.

Special mention must be given to "Dreamer", one of the most original songs I've ever heard, and one of the most powerful singles released by anyone that year. It uses unusual instrumentation and structure that I still find I must play at least 2 or 3 times over before moving on. This was the song that really made Supertramp.

Leonardo | 4/5 |


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