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4 stars With good reasoning, Ambrosia, like many of the commercial Art-rock bands from the 70's era US progressive rock scene, often tend to foresake their Art-rock leanings with every release they would do. This was no different for Ambrosia. Their first and second album, was pretty much awashed with beautiful harmonies, cleverly touched with progressive tendancies, but on the band's third album and pressure to build a more commercial following, "One Eighty" had more than its share of hits. These hits would would become longtime FM standards, usually unheard of from a progressive rock band, and usually frowned upon by true progressive rock followers. Charles
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Posted Thursday, April 22, 2004 | Review Permalink
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2 stars This album represents Ambrosia's total decline into commercialism. All of the tracks are boring, bland and total commercial drivel. If Ambrosia would have continued making great music as they did on their debut album, they would have been considered on of the best prog bands of the 70s. However, most people are surprised to see this band in the archives because of this album and it's commerical success. Yes, it was their most popular album at the time, and gave the group want they wanted in the short run: popularity. However, it was very damaging for them in the long run. Now, when you mention the group Ambrosia, most people laugh. It is a sad thing because their awesome debut album is pretty much ignored now because of the commericalism of this album.
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Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010 | Review Permalink
1 stars I was never a great fan from this band: even their debut album couldn't attract me even if it was the best (?) of their output.

This "One Eighty" is nothing else than poor and basic AOR music all the way through. But this is no news. The best advice that I can provide is just to stay away from this album. It is straight forward US rock music with no subtleties, no emotion and nothing positive to mention ("Cryin' in the Rain").

Unlike other fellow reviewers, I wouldn't say that the band is on the decline with this album: they were declining already since their second work ("Somewhere I've Never Travelled"). This one is just a confirmation that they aren't quite on their place on this site. I can't find any prog relation in here. Nor on their previous works (except a slightly better debut, as I have said).

The Motown-oriented "You're the Only Woman" is pretty unbearable and is the typical "press next" song you would like to avoid by all means (same applies to "Livin' on My Own" by the way). One of the very few listenable song is the more rocking "Rock 'n a Hard Place". But it is not difficult to emerge out of such a weak ensemble.

The next song is best described by its title: "No Big Deal"! Indeed?even if the upbeat rhythm provides a good break into this ocean of AOR and syrupy stuff like the closing "Biggest Part of Me". The only good news is that it is the last track of this weak album.

Another one star record from this band. The third one in a row as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 | Review Permalink
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1 stars Good music that i don't like.

What happened to ambrosia? i guess the 80's happened. i like their debut album and the folow up as well , i even like their last 'road island' but this is a catastrophe. there is not even one good song here to save the day. music is meant for commercial duties , it's not even melodic rock , they are sticky songs made for the radio and not for the fans , i'm sure this one bought them a whole new set of sticky fans.

Even if the songs are not good i thought i could count on their beautiful melodies , but i was wrong , even the best melodies doesn't save it , they totally lost it the music is just plane simple with nothing to it. well after i slayed this album i can say that if you listen carefully ( why would you like to do that? ) the good ambrosia is hiding between the lines , like good keys in the opener 'ready' , and some other nice keys around like in 'you're the only woman'. they knew what they were doing , that's why they named the album one eighty as in 180 degrees the oposite of what they did earlier.

They should have borrowed a title from frank zappa and call this 'we're only in it for the money' really... nothing more to say about this embarrassing album except avoid , even for you who likes their debut. i thought i would give it 2 stars but it's generous. 1.5 stars

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Posted Thursday, February 23, 2012 | Review Permalink

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