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3.98 | 625 ratings

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3 stars The calm before the storm...

Supertramp had many albums and tours under their belt by the spring of 1977, so I doubt these were truly quiet moments in day to day life. But two years before the smash of Breakfast in America and the internal strife to follow, there was a certain calmness about this album. 'Even in the Quietest Moments' is an aptly titled release which finds Supertramp patient and introspective-adventurous in the sense that they were willing to stretch out and let things go where they would go, but often those places actually gave off a rather reserved, restrained aura. Thus not only is the title great, but the album cover could not be more fitting. Here we are on a mountaintop, all of the adventures of the world right in front of us, and there's the contrast of the grand piano's symbol of being grounded.

Aside from the typically annoying Hodgson single leading off the album, most of the album is pretty good stuff. Both 'Loverboy' and 'Downstream' are classic Davies and what I love about him, the former showcasing the playful swagger side of his personality, while the latter is mournful and just a beautiful vocal. Both feature those wonderful piano melodies and the punch of the band only when appropriate. Hodgson does especially well in the hopeful title track which could easily be one of those spiritual quest tracks from a Jon Anderson solo album, with the chirping birds, acoustic guitars, and desire to find the Lord. The lyrical theme continues into 'Babaji' but the music is not as compelling, it is interesting how much it sounds like Logical Song in certain places. Davies' 'From Now On' has some great piano and bass presence but the cheesy ending chorus gets tiring really fast. The album closes with the fan favorite 'Fool's Overture' which is also why it fails to get that 4th star from me. I'm just not convinced this is the amazing Supertramp classic that many do, to me it has a few good ideas bloated with some sound effects and stretched way too long. But I certainly recommend it for the highlights mentioned. It's another good Tramp album that for me falls short of being excellent.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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