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Studio Album, released in 1984

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1. Had A Dream ("Sleeping With The Enemy") (8:49)
2. In Jeopardy (5:59)
3. Lovers In The Wind (4:11)
4. Hooked On A Problem (5:10)
5. Give Me Love, Give Me Life (7:33)
6. I'm Not Afraid (7:03)
7. Only Because Of You (8:40)

Total Time: 47:25

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Line-up / Musicians

- Roger Hodgson / vocals, guitar, pianos
- Ken Allardyce / harmonica, backing vocals
- Clair Diament / vocals
- Jimmy Johnson / Fretless bass
- Scott Page / saxophones
- Michael Shrieve / drums

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3.38
(65 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(25%)
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Review by Sean Trane
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2 stars In the bull's eye, but through the ears

Almost 3 stars, but not enough. After having left Supertramp in what appeared an amicable parting at first (but growing tense fairly rapidly), Roger had to respond to Tramp's amazing Brother Where You Bound album, so good that Roger's presence wasn't missed. Roger answered with a fairly good solo debut album, taking the chance to play most instruments himself, except mainly for the great Michael Shrieve drumming on 5 tracks and some bass works and more details. With a very evocative artwork, Eye Of The Storm raised many hopes among Supertramp fans, but the album is really a mixed bag

As Surpertramp's Brother album had given in to a bit of modernity (the Canonball groove is fairly 80's-ish), Roger also gave in t "progress", but more noticeably so, mainly in the drumming department, when not Shrieving, it's . Opening on the album is the almost 9-mins Had A Dream, which came in with an ambitious but frenetic and stressing MTV videoclip to accompany the album's release. A lengthy intro leads in a very fearsome ambiance, as if Roger had more of a nightmare than a dream. We'd never seen that facet of Roger in Supertramp. Right after this interesting start, Roger attacks the better known In Jeopardy, a very Davies-ian piano tune with an ultra-high synth line, but the vocal line is typically Roger's usual self. Lovers In The Woods is a good mainly piano tune with Roger's usual sensibility and sparse arrangements. However, Hooked On A Problem is a return to the bad Last Words album (best skipped fwd), and again sounds as if Davies had written it. These two influenced each other more than they thought.

On the flipside, Give Me Life is one of those wanker melodies Roger got us used to in every album since Dreamer on Crime, and here it doesn't serve his cause and that track overstays most of its 7-mins+. A bit more interesting is the guitar-ey I'm Not Afraid, but it quickly becomes repetitive and becomes irritating by the end of its 7 minutes. To close the album, Roger strikes a big one, Only Because Of You, a calm and sad lament (and album best) that seems aimed at Davies, whose shadow seems float all over album, when it should've Roger's that should've soared over Brother Where You Bound. So for this first post-split album, Davies takes the first inning with the outstanding Brother, despite a meriting Hodgson effort.

As the album title and the song texts indicates, Roger's state of mind was not exactly in peace with himself after exiting the group. Some of those numbers could've bettered (if possible) the fabulous Brother Where You Bound album from his former band, but on the whole Supertramp proved they could do without him, at least at first. Most likely the acrimony between the factions will stem from this first round, and worsen as it went unhealed. Eye Of The Storm is an honest solo album in the sense that Gilmour or Hackett or Banks made solo album - Of limited interest, but no doubt that many Hodgson enthusiasts will praise beyond reason.

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Posted Friday, February 27, 2004

Review by loserboy
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4 stars Immediately following the break-up of SUPERTRAMP, Roger released "Eye Of The Storm". This recording contains some of Roger's most progressive solo work ever. From the opening moments of a baby's cry to the unmistakeable sounds of Roger's keyboards, EOTS will keep your toes tapping. Roger also slows down the pace on a few numbers bringing a very strong SUPERTRAMP theme into this album.

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Posted Saturday, March 13, 2004

Review by Easy Livin
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5 stars The best album Supertramp never made

This is probably the best "Supertramp" album with the possible exception of "Crime of the century".

Having previously departed said band, Hodgson came up with some of his finest work for his first solo album. His distinctive voice, combined with very "Supertramp" instrumentation, made this album more worthy of bearing the band name than any of the post Hodgson Supertramp output.

"Had a dream" kicks of the album with a child birth sound effects leading to a great upbeat piano intro and an uplifting, feel good number. Hodgson is clearly enjoying himself here. "In Jeopardy" has a bluesy feel to it, thanks to the brass keyboards section which combines with a slower but nonetheless driving beat, think of Supertramp's "Babaji" and your pretty much there.

Three excellent long pieces make up the latter half of the album, the best of which is the closing "Only because of you". This has to be Hodgson's finest piece, solo or otherwise. It start slowly and quietly building to a wonderful synthesiser solo which sweeps the listener majestically upwards, soaring on fantastic waves of sound before the ending places ones feet ever so gently back on terra firma.

A truly exceptional album which, had it born the Supertramp name would undoubtedly been among their most successful. Recommended.

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Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Review by greenback
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3 stars This solo album of SUPERTRAMP' singer Roger HODGSON sounds mostly like SUPERTRAMP of the 80's. The difference is that the work is more diluted: less saxophone, the keyboards mostly consists in piano; the other keyboards are not present enough. The guitar also seems less present. But you still have HODGSON's voice, better than ever. Everything is some kind of accessible pop songs. The recording quality is very good, like the SUPERTRAMP albums of the 80's, as always.

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Posted Sunday, April 11, 2004

Review by daveconn
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3 stars ROGER HODGSON left SUPERTRAMP to make this mildly Orwellian album, which sounds like his former band affected by PINK FLOYD's pessimism and paranoia. It's an ambitious record, HODGSON handling everything from writing and playing to production, but better to save your appetite for "Breakfast" than this bitter entry. Hopefully, you'll already own most of SUPERTRAMP's albums before venturing into these waters, and for those fans this may indeed be smooth sailing. Yet the opening moments, clearly inviting comparison to PINK FLOYD, set my expectations for a concept album that never arrived. "Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)" is a logical launching point for an anti-war album, but the remaining songs point to a more general malaise borne from modern life. "In Jeopardy" wonders "where is the golden age", while "Give Me Love, Give Me Life" looks for hope in a better tomorrow. The appeal of Supertramp, so it seemed to me, was their ability to match upbeat melodies with downbeat observations. That happens on "Hooked On A Problem" (which would have been my choice for the single), but otherwise In The Eye of the Storm takes itself seriously. That's not a bad thing in and of itself, leading to a nice ballad ("Lovers In The Wind") and an atmospheric closer "Only Because of You." But it could have been a better album if Hodgson had been able to step away from his creation and add the requisite dramatic touches: additional sound effects, better separation of the instruments in the mix, more instrumental passages.

Someone did a very good job of promotion at A&M, because this album (and the single "Had A Dream") managed to tap into SUPERTRAMP's US fan base despite the fact that HODGSON was hardly a household name. He leveraged the opportunity by producing an ambitious, impressive album that goes well beyond the scope of most DIY efforts. Ultimately, it's not a case of what HODGSON would do without SUPERTRAMP but what he could do without them.

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Review by Chris S
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2 stars I find it hard to understand how Hodgson's music can be archived on this site but not Phil Collins or Bo Hansson or Tangerine Dream etc. Still who am I to argue! This is probably Roger Hodgson's best solo effort but for me he never cut it as a solo artist. At the same time Rick Davies has gone on to do some terrific stuff with Supertramp in a more jazzier mould which I am thankful for. Eye of the storm has some great moments but nothing compared to what Hodgson created in Supertramp.' The track ' Only because of you' the best on the album. An eight minute treasure, the rest for collectors only.

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Review by Bj-1
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4 stars After Roger Hodgson left Supertramp in 1983, he recorded his own solo album, "In The Eye of The Storm", which was in the same way as Supertramp's "...famous last words..." album from 1982. You can clearly hear here that this album is very Supertramp-ish, only darker and more moodier. "Had a Dream" is a great opener with some really good twsts in it and "In Jeopardy" is very catchy and is difficult to forget, but the real apex of the album is the wonderful epic closer, "Only Because of You", an epic, moody and downright beautiful closer to this album. Among my favorite "Supertramp" tracks indeed! Well, the rest of the album is also good, but could have been a bit better too.

Supertramp fans should check this one out, definetly! It's not to be missed. Otherwise, stay away until you have heard some of Supertramp's work. Me personally give this album a solid 4 stars since im a Supertramp fan, AND because I found this album really enjoyable and absoultely essential for Hodgson fans!

Deserves 4/5

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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars The first Hodgson effort after his troubled departure from Supertramp, "In the Eye of the Storm" contains many great Supertramp-oriented songs, that is, songs that creatively explore the most ambitious side of the aforesaid band. This album shows (as if it hadn't been clear for years) how strong was Hodgson's own musical vision for the shaping of Supertramps' essence, although Richard Davies would also write a splendid repertoire for "Brother Where You Bound", Supertramp's best post-Hodgson album (...but that's a matter for another review) - this reveals how necessary it was for both parties to break their bond in order to translate their ideas into a wider space.

Anyway, going back to this album, it is really excellent, not only regarding the inventiveness of the compositions and the tightness of the performances (all guitars and keyboards and most bass provided by Roger himself), but also the mood. You can tell that this guy went over the confusion of transition quickly and felt himself refurbished and re- energized. Even in those tracks in which the lyrics are not as optimistic ('In Jeopardy', 'Hooked in a Problem') there is an energetic vibe patent in Hodgson's singing and the instrumentation.

The album kicks off with a mini-suite that starts with a sequence of clocks ticking, baby crying, order giving and ultimately, a primal shout that serves as sing for things to get started for real. The melodic hooks and the tight rhythm section go all the way, only interrupted by a soft interlude on piano and vocal. This brilliant entry is followed by 'In Jeopardy', which bears a rockier feel despite not being as fast in tempo: the introductory synth solo and the stylishly bluesy tempo provide a more somber aura to the album's ambiance, despite its patent colorfulness. With more melancholy but also a more hopeful vibe, the beautiful ballad' Lovers in the Wind' provides some spiritual relaxation for the listener's mind. This song is pure beauty, anticipated by a majestic intro theme and wrapped in a blanket of contemplative serenity.

'Hooked in a Problem' is the least important item in this album: an easy going waltzer with pessimistic lyrics sung in a deceitfully joyful way. Nice and well delivered, but not great. The second half of the album is almost totally perfect. 'Give Me Love, Give Me Life' is one of the most amazing progressive tunes that Hodgson ever wrote, very much in the vein of the "Crisis? What Crisis?" album albeit with a more pompous structure. 'I'm Not Afraid' has its major merits in the interplay between Hodgson's piano and Shrieve's drum kit: this mid-tempo rocker has a pleasant jamming feel to it, although it is obviously framed in a controlled scheme.

'Only Because of You', the album's closer, has to be labelled as the best prog ballad that Supertramp never recorded (but should have). Keeping a similar feel to that of 'Don't Leave Me Now' (one of the few gems of "Famous Last Words"), it surpasses it in majesty, splendor and dynamics. The evocative lyrics perfectly fit the powerful mood created by the piano chords, which in turn, gets properly enhanced by the keyboard orchestrations and the emotionally charged guitar solo. While Hodgson's final lines and the last piano arpeggios fade away, one can only feel lucky to have listened to such a beautiful album. Hodgson had a million reasons to prove the world that his creative juices had not run dry yet, and may I dare bet that he even surprised himself... Crisis?... what crisis?

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Posted Friday, December 29, 2006

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars The funny thing about this album is that is sounds much more like Supertramp than Supertramp. I mean, this first solo album by Roger Hodgson sounds much more like the Supertramp of old, than the albums his old band mates did after he left the band. As always in these sorts of situations there is the conflict between different "camps". When Ozzy left Black Sabbath, for example, there were fans supporting him and others the band. Or take the two camps of "Yes" that existed side by side in the 80's who would later unite to make the Union album and tour. I have always found such conflict stupid and irritating - it is ok to like both, you know! Or neither; Or one without having to hate the other; etc. Just because artists have fights doesn't mean that the fans will have to take sides.

Still, the question is inevitable: who did the best album without the other? Well, I would have to say that Roger Hodgson made the best Supertramp album, while Supertramp made the best album full stop. Does that make sense? I mean that conservative Supertramp fans, or fans wanting more a commercial sounding Supertramp, should go for this album. While more open minded fans, and fans of progressive rock in particular should go for Brother Where You Bound?

Personally, I am glad I went for both. Since both are very good and rewarding albums that hold up very well in relation to the earlier "team-efforts". Crime Of The Century will never be surpassed, of course, but with the exception of Crime Of The Century, and maybe Even In The Quietest Moments, both In The Eye Of The Storm and Brother Where You Bound? are among the better "Supertramp" albums. But I tend to play Brother Where You Bound? a lot more.

There is really no need for me to describe the individual tracks here, since if you know what Supertramp sounded like, you will know how this sounds like. Only, that this album is a little bit darker in its moods. The title track, I liked instantly and the last two tracks took a bit more time to get into.

Essential album for Supertramp fans. For others this is a good, but non-essential album.

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Posted Saturday, November 01, 2008

Review by progrules
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2 stars I'm really puzzled here. Not with Rodger Hodgson or Supertramp but with myself. Some time next year I will do my review of a Supertramp compilation and will reveal my feelings about this band there but to me the front man of the band (mr Hodgson) has never had my full respect. I always regarded him as a sort of cunning shrewd guy trying to play a double game and gain advantage of both sides so to speak. Maybe it's a wrong interpretation but I have the feeling he wants both the respect from communities like ours by writing sophisticated music and at the same time keep the sales in mind as well. A bit like mr Collins decided to do in the late seventies but for me Supertramp has been like this their entire career.

And Rodger Hodgson as the prime mastermind behind this concept, that's the idea more or less. And where I already see Supertramp as a sophisticated pop group, Hodgson solo is even worse in this respect. Well, at least he's just in prog related where the band is in crossover so that's at least better taken care of. Now about the album and that's where the being puzzled came from: how on earth could I ever buy both the vinyl and the disk of this release ??? That's how cunning mr Hodgson is: somehow he made me do it. The only excuse I have is that the disk was for sale at a very low price here but other than that ...

Because In the Eye of the Storm is an album with very little prog in it I have to say. I just played it for the very last time (since many many years) and it appeared even worse than I thought. But I will try to be fair here. Is this bad or poor music ? No way ! Is this interesting for a prog fan ? No way ! My opinion is even that it shouldn't be on this site but that's the only thing I will say about this.

Conclusion: six nice pop songs at best and ... one truly excellent piece of work to finish off the album with: the splendid Only because of you is worth the purchase and must have been the reason I went for the disk as well. But in the end I feel I shouldn't have. Anyway, in what rating does this all result ? It's somewhere in between two and three stars for me but the main thing is that this isn't anything like prog and I maybe even shouldn't have reviewed it but it for sure makes me decide for the two stars in the end.

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Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This is by far the most Supertrampish work ever recorded aside from their own production. But was it a surprise?

As far as I'm concerned, I've always preferred Hodgson compositions, even if Davies also did his great part of the job. In terms of singing, there is no doubt that Hodgson is catchier and much more pleasant. At least, this is my opinion.

Fans of the band could only be extremely pleased to have listened to such a work back then but in those days, the Tramp wasn't any longer a concern of mine and I only discovered this album a few years ago.

And the feeling is pretty good even if the popish sound which is present all the way through might be irritating sometimes. But this direction was already taken by the band in their later releases while both Richard and Roger were together.

My favourite track is the long closing number which has a definite feel of ''Fool's Overture''. Maybe therefore.I guess. It builds crescendo and a wonderful and hypnotizing vocalize part lead to a very emotional closing section.

Three stars for this good album.

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Posted Friday, May 15, 2009

Review by Rune2000
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4 stars I've been quite hesitant when it came to exploration of solo careers of different artists in the past but lately I've managed to overcome this barrier and began to uncover quite a few hidden gems!

Roger Hodgson is best known for his formidable career with Supertramp, a band that most of us have come to appreciate over the years. I wasn't even born when Hodgson decided to leave the band and so I obviously had a lot of catching up to do once I discovered the music of this wonderful band. After getting familiar with most of the band's repertoire up until Brother Where You Bound, it became quite obvious to me that my personal music preference had more resonance in the music of Roger Hodgson than Rick Davies. Both of the members had their musical ups and downs but overall Hodgson's ambitious melodies was undeniably the reason that made Supertramp the hit-selling band of the late '70s and early '80s.

Still, I wasn't exactly keen on exploring In The Eye Of The Storm due to a number of reasons. First off, I've never really had time to explore solo projects by some of rock historie's icons due to the time constrain that I've always felt. Whenever the choice fell between another album by a famous band or a solo album by one of the band's members I've always chose the former. The second minor problem was the fact that the record was recorded in the middle of the '80s, a decade that has generally not been kind to progressive rock. I remember reading a few review that mentioned that the production of this album had a distinct '80s sound to it, which wasn't exactly something I was keen on experiencing. Finally, I never read any reviews that had praised Hodgson's solo output to the iconic status that Supertramp's records have been lifted to over the years.

So why have I finally decided to give this record a go? Due to the invention of great streaming services such as Spotify, I was finally able to legally listen to and experience music that I might have previously have neglected. I've recently made quite a discovery by listening to the solo career of Paul McCartney and have followed it up by exploring other solo careers, Roger Hodgson among others.

I found my first experience of In The Eye Of The Storm to be a bit of a mixed bag since most of the songs really didn't feel as catchy as some of artist's previous work but after a few revisits it finally all started to make a lot more sense. The pieces finally fell into place and the minor masterpiece has began to take shape!

The intro to Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) sounds almost like something taken from a Pink Floyd song, which is quite unfortunate considering that the remainder of the composition is such an enjoyable piece of music. In Jeopardy and Hooked On A Problem are two pretty catchy tunes that I learned to love, even though they weren't all that enjoyable at first. Lovers In The Wind is a strong melodic ballad which reminds me of Supertramp songs like Even In The Quietest Moments and If Everyone Was Listening. Give Me Love, Give Me Life takes a while to get going but, once it does, the melodic hooks really bring a lot of joy to my ears. The only real miss comes in the form of the 7-minute I'm Not Afraid which should probably not have been longer than 3 minutes since it has little content to it. The final track is the crown jewel that brings In The Eye Of The Storm to a majestic conclusion; Only Because Of You reminds me of a Supertramp crossover between Don't Leave Me Now and Fool's Overtune, simply put one of the most gorgeous compositions that have been put to tape!

If you're like me and enjoy Hodgson's work in Supertramp but feel a stigma related to artist's solo albums then let me reassure you that you won't be disappointed by this debut solo album.

***** star songs: Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) (8:27) Only Because Of You (8:38)

**** star songs: In Jeopardy (5:58) Lovers In The Wind (4:14) Hooked On A Problem (5:09) Give Me Love, Give Me Life (7:33)

*** star songs: I'm Not Afraid (7:05)

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Posted Sunday, March 24, 2013

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4 stars As a big fan of Supertramp, I remember when this came out and I purchased it, I listened to itoften. If you like the work of Roger Hodgson rather than the Davies part of Supertramp, then IN THE EYE OF THE STORM is for you. It is an 80s album so sounds it, but it still has wonderful songs like "Had a ... (read more)

Report this review (#749400) | Posted by mohaveman | Saturday, May 05, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars "In the Eye of the Storm", Roger Hodgson's solo-debut, came out a short time before his former band-mates released "Brother where you bound", it had even been finished quite a while before, and so. sorry that I'm playing the "correcting teacher's role", it was neither an "answer" to Supertramp nor h ... (read more)

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