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Supertramp - Free As A Bird CD (album) cover




Crossover Prog

1.83 | 172 ratings

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Easy Livin
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1 stars As prog as Engelbert

It is difficult to review a Supertramp album without making reference to Roger Hodgson at some point, such was his influence on the band. "Free as a bird" may or may not be intended as a description of Rick Davies, who became the sole band leader when Hodgson departed. This was the second Supertramp album made with Davies in charge, and the absence of Hodgson's quality control is more apparent than ever. This is Supertramp's "Abacab".

The album is as prog as Engelbert Humperdink, it swims in Earth Wind and Fire brass, and wallows in funky pop like a second rate Average White Band album. Tracks like "It's alright", and "Thing for you" have dance or funk rhythms. "I'm beggin' you" sounds like a Collins & Bailey cast off.

There are some slightly more melodic tracks, but even "Not the moment" and "You never can tell with friends" have such basic tunes, it's hard to perceive that any real effort has gone into creating anything other than bland pop tunes.

I'm sorry this review is so negative, I have high expectations of the band based on their earlier works, and this album fails completely to meet them. The proud name of Supertramp should not have appeared on this album.

Easy Livin | 1/5 |


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