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4.31 | 1681 ratings

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5 stars Where it all started....

A hard-edged social commentary, with perfect balance of hard hitting lyrics and wailing solos and harmony.

This is the "angry" album to Breakfast In America's "melancholy".

Whilst other progressive rock bands concentrated on the technical and stage side of their music, Supertramp developed their own unique sound through combining singing styles (Davies vs Hodgson), and merging existing musical styles (jazz, rock and pop in perfect harmony). Combined with superb lyric composition that incorporates both cynical, poignant, and humorous and uplifting aspects.

It took them a couple of more albums of experiementation before they got the perfect blend of harmonic magic and poetic lyric composition in Breakfast in America.

Throughout that 4 album period of creativity, we can only be thankful that Supertramp was oblivious to the disco craze that engulfed the music world, because the disco influence and BeeGees'-like falsetos, and some bad lyric composition, greatly marred their post-Breakfast work.

Crime of the Century brings the anger of the 60s and the rebelliousness and need for identity into musical score. If you need the thumping beat and the yelling of rock, this album is all you need, and "Hide in Your Shell" is as good as it get.

chas2u | 5/5 |


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