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LOVECHILD

Curved Air

 

Eclectic Prog

2.62 | 33 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Here's one we made earlier

Although only released in 1990, this album consists of previously unreleased material recorded in 1972-3. The line up is essentially the one which recorded "Air Cut", except that former member Florian Pilkington-Miksa returns on some of the tracks.

Eddie Jobson (who later went on to join Roxy Music) and Kirby (who joined Stretch) had worked well together on "Air Cut", but here they are far more distant and entrenched in their own preferences. The result is inevitably an pretty incoherent, but nonetheless enjoyable collection of songs.

The album is bound together with Sonja Kristina's superbly distinctive vocals. When she sings in her angelic higher tones, such as on "The dancer", the results are truly beautiful. When she adopts a deeper tone however (such as on "The widow"), she struggles more to remain in tune. (The opposite of the great (sic) Karen Carpenter.)

The title track sounds like an outtake from the "Air Cut " album, it would certainly have been worthy of inclusion there, especially when combined with the brief symphonic opening track, "Exsultate jubilate".

"Seasons" is a long slow power ballad with some good bluesy guitar work, but a single pace which continues on the Kirby led instrumental "The flasher". There are echoes on 10CC on this track, it's almost a slowed down version of their "How dare you".

"Joan" which opens side two has a lovely piano intro which sounds remarkably like Yes' intro to "Awaken". This track had actually been recorded some three years earlier. "Paris by night" gives Jobson centre stage for the closing track, which is rather uninspired repetitive piano piece.

Not by any means the best work to be recorded under the Curved Air name, but the music was certainly deserving of its somewhat belated release.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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