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EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS ...

Supertramp

 

Crossover Prog

3.98 | 625 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Even In The Quietest Moments...' - Supertramp (4/10)

'Even In The Quietest Moments' is Supertramp's most overrated album without a doubt. Don't get me wrong, I love this band, and Rodger Hodgeson is one of my favourite rock vocalists. There is no prejudice here in saying that this is a mediocre, boring album. It just feels like besides the final track (which is epic beyond belief), which stands as being (beyond the shadow of a doubt) the best Supertramp song ever done, the album is incredibly lackluster.

The best way to define 'Even In The Quietest Moments' is 'boring.' With the exception of a few parts, the album is essentially a piano album. I don't have any problem with pianos or the essence of 'being mellow' and I'd even probably like this album as a whole if Rodger Hodgeson was the only one that sung on here (instead of basically sharing the vocal input 50/50 with someone else) but 'Even The Quietest Moments' would honestly be a good contender for a 1.5 star album, if it wasn't for the epic 'Fool's Overture' which is worth a complete star on it's own. I'm sure there was effort put into it (and every pop fan under the sun seems to love 'Give A Little Bit,' which I found irritating after three listens) but the end result is something I cannot see myself ever really listening to again, besides the one good (read: mind-blowing) song.

Steering away from the reasons I really don't like this album, let's focus on the positive aspects now. The positive aspect is 'Fool's Overture.' It is a brilliantly written composition, and has the best vocal performance from Rodger he ever did, which is beyond beauty and full of sincere emotion. There's some piano/mellow parts here too, but it's done in moderation, in between a symphonic intro, and a dramatic finale, complete with it's own saxophone solo! I really, really wish 'Even In The Quietest Moments' could have had more material like this.

I am a fan of Supertramp, but it's basically just a bunch of boring lounge music songs sandwiched in between an appeal to overbearing commercialism, and something actually worth listening to. If 'Fool's Overture' wasn't on here, I wouldn't even be able to give this a 'fans only' rating. I consider myself a great fan of the work that Supertramp does, and I cannot bring myself to be interested in this album. The only saving grace is the gem in the rough. Find some other way to get the song if you can; I don't condone downloading but if it's the only idea you can think of to save yourself the money on the actual product, than go ahead.

Even one great, classic song can't make an entire album worth recommending. Two stars

Conor Fynes | 2/5 |

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