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Split Enz


Crossover Prog

3.71 | 26 ratings

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5 stars After reading the posts in the forum my opinion changed about this album, I thought it was great Enz consider it their finest moment. In terms of pure proggyness Mental Notes is arguably their best, but in terms of Prog related pop Time & Tide is king This album completes a trilogy of their second phase, that is: pop with prog elements,this is more return of proggy sound, Hello Sandy Alien, Lost for Words are both prog pop songs with the latter having some changes in time signature and proggy guitar and keys. Side two has some fine pop prog songs the fantastic Take a Walk, then the ambient instrumental Pioneer evoles into Six Months in a Leaky Boat. Haul Away is influenced by a track on Gentle Giants album Freehand and has very personal lyrics about Tim. Tim had, had his heart broken by his fiancee leaving for another man, as a result Tim had a nervous breakdown, began drinking heavily, fortunately his band mates helpped him through and got him to let it out on Tim and Tide. Make Sense of it is again another introspective piece trhat is written by the whole band, that to a degree goes back to their earlier days. The other tracks that I havn't mentioned are all great pieces as well. There are many innovative and great ideas on this album,evryone is on top form here, unfortunately the band would lose its solidity after this album - Tim would pursue a solo career leaving a huge void that would lead to two mediocre albums after this one. This album sees Enz at the top of their game, full of a creative energy that many musicians only experiance once or twice in their career.. Many thanks to the forums I forgot how much of a masterpiece this album truely is.
Cheesecakemouse | 5/5 |


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