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Roxy Music


Crossover Prog

3.68 | 232 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I can't disagree with Erik's assessment that his album has the most sensual cover in Progrock history. I do like the fact that Eddie Jobson is in the band although I think Eno had a much greater influence on their sound. I wish Eddie's violin playing was given more prominance.This album is even more mainstream sounding than "For Your Pleasure" and for me it's a very hit and miss affair. Of course with the amount of variety on this album there's always that danger of not making everyone happy.

"The Thrill Of It All" is my second favourite track. I like the energy that kicks in after the piano intro. Some vocal melodies before Bryan starts to sing. Just a great tune all around. "Three And Nine" has an island flavour to it, I feel like i'm on holiday's or something when listening to this mid-paced tune. Some sax and harmonica on this one as well. "All I Want Is You" is a fun song with some excellent guitar.

"Out Of The Blue" is my favourite. I just love how it sounds. Vocals before a minute. The guitar cries out after 2 minutes but the highlight is the violin before 4 minutes to the end. Just a fantastic job by Eddie. "If It Takes All Night" is bluesy and I just can't get into it. "Bitter Sweet" is another track i'm not a fan of. Some German lyrics in this one. "Tripych" is a song I like lyrically but i'm not fond of the music. Harpsichord and sort of a medieval flavour to this one. "Casanova" is kind of funky and I like the guitar before 2 minutes. "A Really Good Time" is led by piano and vocals early but the focus is on the vocals throughout. "Praire Rose" is a good song with great vocals, sax and guitar.

I still think their debut stands alone as the best thing they ever did. They've become more mainstream with each album in my opinion. 3.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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