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Crossover Prog

3.58 | 440 ratings

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3 stars Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)

Ok, let me be honest. I don't like cheesy pop-prog at all, I don't like glamour (except when played by Kiss live) and I don't like 'beautiful' vocals. Therefore most crossover-prog isn't that attractive for me. Supertramp is however a high rated band and the vinyls are relatively easy to find so I find myself trying to listen to one of their album from time to time.

On this album Supertramp combines pop with energetic artrock with nice use of the rock instruments. The vocals are very cheesy, but at times attractive. A more serious approach on the vocals would have done the music some good.

What I never understood is that Breakfast in America and Crime of the Century are high-rated, whilst this album is amongst the lower rated Supertramp albums. From the first notes on to the end I find this album to very inspired with great song-writing. Something I couldn't say of the other two albums mentioned. They bore me to death.

Most of the songs on this album have great catchy melodies and slightly progressive composition. The energetic and adventerious moments get me excites, whilst the moments like The Two of Us get me into an emotional state. My favorites are The Meaning, Another man's woman, Sister Moonshine and Soapbox Opera.

Conclusion. Well, perhaps not that important for a progressive rock collection, but three stars is the least I can give for this energetic art-rock album. My favorite of the band's discography. Recommended if you like art-rock, crossover-prog or melodic rock in general. Avoid if you really dislike cheesyness and pop-influences.

friso | 3/5 |


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