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Birth Control


Heavy Prog

3.69 | 174 ratings

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2 stars This is the very first time that "Birth Control" almost sounds as "Genesis" during some (short) moments. Like in the opening number which is surprisingly similar to some early work of this great band ("Genesis" I mean). Keyboards especially sounds as Tony's one. I must say that it is the very first time that such a relation is to be noticed with "Birth Control". And it is difficult to ignore because this opening number is very good.

But the worse is immediately taking the role: "Tiny Flashlights" is some kind of awful disco beat oriented track. I have to admit that this album is rather bizarre. Songs feature several moods within a song. Did I say, a song within a song? But these are shy of this great "Camel" one.

This album is really going nowhere with "My Mind". Disjointed, uninspired and useless. The accordingly titled "Rockin' Rollin' Roller" is somewhat better. An upbeat psychedelia song. Not a superb one, but compared to the other songs so far, it is shining OK.

This album truly starts with "Trial Trip". The heavy beat, so typical is finally there. But this is the last but one good song from this release. Probably a bit too late to make this one a good album. This song features BRILLIANT moments (but so short ones). The instrumental second half is such a magical moment. Fabulous guitar solo, really. How is this possible? Brilliant and so weak during the same album. Did the band do this on purpose?

The wind section is also too much present to please me. I don't really like this album. Just average. Soul oriented during the closing number : "This Song Is Just for You". I can tell you that it is definitely NOT for me. Probably a casting mistake. This sounds more as poor Motown tune than to a prog one.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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