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The Runaway
3 stars Waterloo Lily is really an excellent album by Caravan, but for me it was totally our of their style and leaned towards the jazziness in prog. I think this album is why Richard Sinclair left Caravan.

The title song is very good, very catchy, and very canterbury. Hintful lyrics and odd chord changes are the things that make this song so catchy, but especially the excellent guitar riffing, and songwriting by Richard Sinclair and Pye Hastings.

Nothing At All is a real Caravan-downer, and for the less jazzy proggers, will be a bore, and will be better off with another band. Nothing At All is a very weird jazz song, never really keeping a chord in-place, and just too much drugs for Caravan, which would not be something a rocker proggie would like.

Songs & Signs and Aristocracy are short tunes, probably released as singles, based on wurlitzer work by Steve Miller.

Then comes a less jazzy song, but a bore to me, called The Love in Your Eye. This song is another one of the Caravan medlies made famous in the two previous albums, In the Land of Grey and Pink and their second album, If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd do it all over you. This song is less jazzy but still an indicator for us to notice that Caravan is becoming more and more of a jazz band.

The World is Yours is the last song the album. Pretty short for a Caravan song, around the lengths of Aristocracy and S&S, World is a great song and would be better placed with the second album.

Rating: 3/5. Too jazzy, makes me shiver when I think of getting Girls Who Grow Plump. But maybe Plump will be a less jazzy album, who knows?

The Runaway | 3/5 |


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