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CHICAGO X

Chicago

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.84 | 36 ratings

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Kazuhiro
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3 stars There might have been some changes in the market and flows of revitalization as a diversification of music and a change in the situation since the middle of the 1970's. The definition of Rock that consisted by the latter half of the especially 70's to some degree had the part that existed as an opinion that drew the flow that had been established. Insistence on part besides politics and system. Music represented the listener's existence and insistence and there was a part where the activity that influenced the society had been at least approved for the item of Rock in the 70's.

The form of Rock in the 70's will present the aspect that changes completely before long with the existence of Punk Rock in the latter half of the 70's. It might also have had the flow made a ruin as a style superficially received from young people.

However, the music character of Chicago where shape and the message existed partially of the symbol as a strong part and Rock might have acquired a wide-ranging oppositely fan in the flow that took the part of construction and POP of the refined music character and repeated groping. It will have been time of "V" from which the part where the tendency had appeared gradually had been announced in 1972. This time was time when the element as Brass Rock had been suited enough. Single Hit was made to succeed one after another while putting out the color of the sociality and the message and it ensured existence as one group.

The flow that the album to announce afterwards also contributes to the chart has been established. It is also certain that the part where shape concerning the composition of Peter Cetera and Robert Lamm began to appear mutually and clearly at this time is remarkably projected to the album.

And, there was a part that was not the form that acted around an originally complete leader for the group in the band. The part of the composition and the song might be in simple Jazz Rock and Brass Rock because each member was related and there be a flow that did not become it either in Chicago.

However, it is also certain that there were some frictions for circumstances in the band. Sensibility of POP that Peter Cetera has. Or, it is a flow of the directionality of Robert Lamm and Terry Kath that tried to emphasize the part of a more novel idea and Rock to the music character of Chicago. And, the member might always have been stimulating each other with James William Guercio that always supported the music character of the band.

The position of this album is hit at the time of maturity as the band exactly established when thinking about the situation and the history of the band. Fact to which "If You Leave Me Now" that had been collected to this album acquired the first place of single for the first time for band in the United States. Or, the point that James Pankow and Lee Loughnane take charge of the song by the tune. The band exactly announced the work it made to the tenth work and with evenness.

"Once Or Twice" is straight Rock And Roll where the music character of Terry Kath appears. The Horn section and ensemble are splendidly constructed. Melody of Funky with piano. Or, the dash feeling that you may combine Solo of Sax is given.

"You Are On My Mind" is a tune by James Pankow. And, James Pankow takes charge of the song. Exhilaration one feels in which you may make the rhythm of Samba a base are produced. The melody of Brass remarkably shows the music character of Chicago. The flow that construction and the tension of the part and the melody by the chorus are introduced well might be good.

"Skin Tight" is a tune with the element of Jazz Funk where the originality of Chicago appears. As for the chorus and the melody to get on complete Groove, the band gives a good arrangement to the progress of Chord of the base of Rock And Roll. The part of Solo of the guitar and a few Bluesy is suitable for the tune well, too.

"If You Leave Me Now" is a tune where the element of POP and Love Song of Peter Cetera appears completely. Progress of beautiful melody and Chord. Strings are effectively introduced and the width of the album has been expanded as a complete Love ballade.

"Together Again" is a tune by Lee Loughnane. Progress of melody with exhilaration one feels in which age is caught. Or, the melody with an anacatesthesia and a transparent feeling in which it introduces it on the way. The composition in which the sound of the decoration twines round the part of the tune to recollect their initial works might be splendid. The atmosphere of this tune is succeeded by the content of "XI".

"Another Rainy Day In New York City" has introduced the element of the calypso as a basis of the rhythm. A fresh impression is given to the listener overall while mixing the progress of Chord with expression of feelings.

"Mama Mama" is a tune with the atmosphere of good AOR that catches the age. Progress of melody and Chord with transparent feeling and exhilaration one feels. The impression of the tune is completely decided while effectively introducing strings. The flexibility of the band appears in the melody of Brass. However, the tendency to the work at this time might have been time as the impression of the tune when the element of POP and AOR a little had begun to appear. It might be proof from which the music character of Peter Cetera is gradually projected to the work.

"Scrapbook" is a tune of which the element of Jazz Funk has gone out. Part where emphasized song and sound effect were introduced. A good music character of Robert Lamm might appear originally in the part where the complex melody that the band had had was used well. It is possible to improve it as a tune with the element of Funk. The guitar of Terry Kath is perfect.

In "Gently I'll Wake You", a beautiful piano melody and a gentle chorus are features. And, the width of the tune has been expanded by effectively introducing the melody of Bluesy. It is a tune where the idea of Robert Lamm shines. There is a part where an initial work is a little reminiscent as the impression.

"You Get It Up" is a tune where the arrangement of the band shines. Part of arrangement by Brass. The flavor of complete Jazz Funk and the flavor of Soul Music might go out ahead. The work of the guitar and the keyboard twines round the tune well. There is little song. However, it can enjoy the capability of the band enough.

"Hope For Love" is a tune by Terry Kath. The music character of Terry Kath is indeed flexible. The flow of a beautiful ballade might be suitable for the end of this album. Part of grand melody and strings. The impression with a good melody of the piano and the emphasized song is given.

The band that established it while constructing the directionality of groping and the band at this time tried to enter the next step indeed with fame. The band was exactly rushing into at the time of maturity.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |

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