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BROTHER WHERE YOU BOUND

Supertramp

 

Crossover Prog

3.71 | 230 ratings

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The Quiet One
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5 stars Roger Hodgson leaves, Prog Returns....

Brother Where You Bound is Supertramp's 8th release, after the melancholic and poppy Famous Last Words dealing with the internal issues of the band(Roger Hodgson VS Rick Davies), Roger Hodgson decides to leave the band in pursue to his solo career, releasing In the Eyes of the Storm carrying the same old potential of the group, while this one(Brother Where You Bound) leaves almost for completely their old up-lifting mood and melodies, which were predictable because of the loss of Roger. This album shows Rick's complete abilities to create a Prog record of his own style:

Cannonball is the album's opener, a almost danceable song, having a typical, irresistible Supertramp piano leading the song. The song is kind of Pop Prog, with the obvious verse-chrous-verse-chorus formula on the first minutes of the song, showing the capability of Rick's singing alone. The song then develops to highly enjoyable instrumental passages(nothing complex) created by John's saxophone, until finalising with a splendid Moog solo by Rick. One of the best openers Supertramp's have ever made.

- Already by the first song of the album you notice a change on Supertramp's style: You got Moog! It has a dancing mood but still a sophisticated composition with instrumental passages! -

Still in Love is a bit more ''classic'' Supertramp, a Pop song in the style of Roger Hodgson's song-writing. You got a very catchy saxophone and piano to make entertaining the song, though there's really no 'great' moments. Overall a enjoyable pop song, though it doesn't do much to the album.

No Inbetween is classic Rick type of song. A song in which demonstrates the delightfulness of Rick's somber voice and capability of writing a soft(though dark mood) and emotional song, though by no means pop.

Better Days speeds-up the album's mood/tempo. The song opens up a with a dark and melodramatic 'false' intro, in which then dissapear, and the song soon to transform into a catchy piano/sax duo rythm, including a short catchy flute appearance. The 'false' intro would later re-appear as a instrumental passage and leading the song to the end, with a dark mood created by Rick's Moog and Bob's drumming/percussion, in which John's saxophone has the chance to shine.

Brother Where You Bound is a 16 minute 'epic', in which Supertramp takes their style of music to another level. From mysterious radio fragments to poweful guitar solos made by special guest, David Gilmour, to depressing sax solos, to noisy drumming and piano instrumental passages, and finally to the best ending Supertramp has ever made, with another guitar solo and the rest of the band giving a excellent back-up job.

The album ends with Even Open Door, a bit out of place song, and definitely not giving a accuarate vision/ending for the album. Yet you can find some very good delivery of Rick's vocals along with his 'low-noted' piano ''style''.

The album is definitely not everyone's cup-of-tea, yet you can't deny that this album is one of(if not the) Supertramp's most Proggy efforts, alongside Crime of the Century and Even in the Quitest Moments. Still, don't be confused, this album doesn't sound like those albums at all, they're totally different, yet masterpieces from the band.

Hodgson in or out, meh. You like Rick's voice? Don't consider Supertramp ''Prog''? If your answer for question 1 is 'yes' or for 2 is 'no', then you definitely must check this album.

The Quiet One | 5/5 |

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