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Bungalow Bill
3 stars Grosses Kino

I've read all the talk about the "supergroup" KINO but I don't buy it. I don't think that KINO was meant to be a supergroup. From listening to it a few times now, I more and more get the feeling that it was meant to be only a side project, some kind of holiday from the confinements and restrictions of their respective home bands. You know, like," I have a song in my drawer but it doesn't fit with the sound of my band" kind of thing. So they took a break to record those songs. And I believe, from what I hear, that they had fun doing it. Unfortunately they credit all songs to KINO as a whole so we don't know who contributed which song.

But be warned, what you not get, IMO, is a very progressive album. There are only two songs actually that might count as such.

First is the opener "Losers Day Parade", an uptempo number which has a few nice tempo changes from heavy guitar riffs to almost Beatle'esque. Good guitar work from John Maitland. One of my favourites.

"Letting Go" is a ballad, again some good guitar work, keyboards are underrepresented (like generally during the first half of the album), the chorus is a bit too much sweet icing on the cake for my liking.

"Leave a Light On" is a great pop song with a catchy chorus and a nice guitar solo.

"Swimming in Women" is an uptempo song again with John Beck doing the lead vocals and finally keyboards are a bit more prominent. From the illustration accompanying the lyrics you know what they are talking about. Another favourite.

"People" starts slowly but quickly turns into another uptempo pop rock song with good guitar work.

"All You See" is another ballad, this time more melancholic, therefore more to my liking.

"Perfect Tense" and "Room for Two" are again uptempo guitar heavy pop rock songs

"Holding On" is the second one which qualifies as prog. It starts fairly slow with acoustic guitars, organ and (finally) a really strong bass guitar from Pete Trewavas. Soon it builds up to considerable power. Great song.

The closer "Picture" is the song that gave the album its title, a short number based on piano and vocals.

What you do get is a very good pop rock album with only few truly progressive moments. So how to rate it? From the true meaning of the rating system it is only 3 stars because I don't think it is essential. From the quality of the music I'd give it 4 stars. So 3 and a half in summary.

Bungalow Bill | 3/5 |

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