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THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS

Traffic

 

Eclectic Prog

4.01 | 197 ratings

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The Quiet One
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5 stars Eclectic in the old-fashion way...

Broading from jazz, folk, rock and even blues, you got a spectacular album done by fascinating, yet subtle on the show-off side , musicians. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is a wonderful adventure to the less classic Prog stuff, so-long the Symphonic structures, and use of the synths and mellotron, also so-long the out-of-it's-time syndrome. Yeah, that's The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, it's 100% 70's sounding, yet compositionally you could say they're out-of-their-time just like you call King Crimson and Gentle Giant.

However, naming those 2 bands from the same sub-genre, as you may have already known from the first paragraph, they're nothing alike, since Traffic stays to the classic 70's roots of rock and blues, and add a wonderful, and very perceptible, blend of jazz and folk. They really don't want to explore new grounds ala ELP with synths and adapting classical compositions, nor as Yes with their grandiose 'epics'. Traffic stays firm to the roots of that time, and from there they create something totally unique and great.

All in all a very creative, yet solid to the 70's rock/blues/folk roots, album. Recommended for all music fans who still need to listen to Prog music that doesn't sound like Prog. Is that paradoxical? Well, whenever you listen to this album, you'll know what I mean.

5 stars

The Quiet One | 5/5 |

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