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SWITCH

Golden Earring

 

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2.98 | 25 ratings

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gr8dane
4 stars Yes indeed.There are big differences between side 1 and 2 on the album. Side 1 is the most proggy ,and side 2 more pop(radio friendly.)

I think after the success of Moontan,the Polydor suits wanted to make sure, there would be some material there were more likely to be played by radio.Hence side 2.

I also think they were given more money and more time to come up with the goods.And to me they deliver the goods.Tracks are shorter and tighter.Musicianship is outstanding,and the sound is excellent,clean and crisp.

The other reviewes here do make very good descriptions of the individual songs,so I will not copy.

Side 1 is faultless.Side 2 less exciting but still good.

Cover is clever,eerie and weird.I think it is a reflection of the suits again,making the band feel like puppets on strings,due to demands from them.I think that also reflects in the songs Switch and Kill Me (Ce Soir).

On side 1 newcomer Robert Jan Stips (Supersister and now The Nits),provide great atmosphere with on the nose keyboards.Everybody gets a chance to shine and they take full advantage of that.Lyrics are great ,specially in Kill Me.Barry was on a roll here.

To me ,this is a 5* album,but will drop a *,due to the lack of prog on side 2.

gr8dane | 4/5 |

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