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Be Bop Deluxe


Crossover Prog

3.42 | 9 ratings

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2 stars The only BE BOP DELUXE album I own, and the only album I intend to own. This anthology confirms what I remember from the 1970s: this band was simply competent at best, mediocre at worst.

I have a fairly broad definition of progressive music, but I hadn't imagined for a moment that the colourless glam/art rock of BILL NELSON and his competent (there's that word again) cohorts was in any way progressive. At their best, as showcased on this compilation, the songs are listenable and pleasant. 'Maid in Heaven' almost has a memorable riff and a catchy chorus. Most songs, however, are forgettable. There are neither shocks nor surprises, nothing to grab the listener's attention, nothing that counts even as good pop. The songs are vacuous, with nothing important to say. Just competent (sorry) music. I really wanted to like this band this time around, given the presence of CHARLIE TUMAHAI, later to become famous in New Zealand as a member of the political reggae band HERBS.

I'm constantly looking for music that stirs me. This doesn't. A band for the 1970s completionist only.

russellk | 2/5 |


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