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3 stars Cutting the chord

Noted primarily for the hit single "It's raining again", "Famous last words" was the last album by Supertramp on which Roger Hodgson performed. Its relative lack of success is hard to explain, but may have been a contributing factor in Hodgson's departure. Whether the title itself is a deliberate reflection of what was about to happen, or nothing more than an unfortunate co-incidence, is open to speculation. The sleeve image of a trapeze wire being cut does however add to the evidence that it may already have been known within the band that this would be Hodgson's swansong. Hodgson is dominant throughout the album, his distinctive vocals enhancing most of the tracks (Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart are listed as guest vocalists). Instrumentally, there are some great moments, such as the sax solo on "My kind of lady", the rock guitar on "Waiting so long", and the softer lead guitar on "Don't leave me now".

The tracks on side one of the album are generally shorter and more basic. Side two allows the band to stretch themselves more, away from the singles orientated music they had been moving towards on albums such as "Breakfast in America".

"Famous last words" was a fine offering from the band, with many strong tracks. It deserved far greater success than it ultimately achieved.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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