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Manfred Mann's Earth Band


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2.52 | 84 ratings

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3 stars Manfred Mann's Earth Band in mid '80's caught them in a period when progressive rock was for some years something of a lost battle in music, more and more progressive rock giants taken a diffrenth path obtaining for some pop orentation of their music, MMEB took same way, smooth and polished pop music with some MM specific keybord runnings. From the beggining I want to say that I'm a fan of the band for many years, and I like all their albums, even the weaker ones, has some special moments for me. This one name Criminal tango and released in 1986, must be considered one of their mediocre releases, but to me is a good one and continues the Somwhere in Afrika style, even in places more popier then before. In places the album is more pop then anything, but even this way MM knows how to handle this genre and created some good moments. The return of the great Mick Rogers on vocals and occasionaly guitar is another worthy moments on this album, his voice shines here like in old good times from the mid '70's.Again some covers are made here, like Do Anything I Wanna Do from The Rods (an unknown piece for me in the original form), a Beatles one named Bulldog, but too fague in this contrast in comparation with the early covers of famouses Dylan or Sprigsteen. The album , to some of you sounds dated and to poppy, but is a pleasent and polished pop with many great moments, even the progressive moments are gone almost totaly, my fav from here Banquet or the instrumental one Crossfire are among the best moments of the album. In the end 3 stars for this one, I like it, ok not among his better ones, but still enjoyble now and then. The title of the album is taken as the liner notes of the CD said from a cartoon with same name. MM and his band remeain no matter what one of my fav bands ever.
b_olariu | 3/5 |


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