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Split Enz


Crossover Prog

2.80 | 23 ratings

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3 stars During the first notes of "I See Red", it is obvious that the band decided to surf on the new wave. wave. And most of the album is of that vein: deeply rooted in the late seventies sound. Not ahead of this time: just in-line IMHHO.

Indeed, some "Devo" influence can be noticed (let's remember that their great Q- Are We Not Men- A-We Are Devo was recorded in 78), the humour of the irresistible "Gruppo Sportivo" (from The Netherlands) in "Master Plan" and the melancholy of "Fisher-Z" during the start of "Famous Plan" is evident as well.

All these bands brought some fresh air and offered some kind of reconstruction after the devastating (but fun) punk surge.

There are of course some blunders here as well. "Hermit McDermitt" belongs to these. Some type of grotesque song but not really funny. The band had done much better previously in this style.

For old fans, "Marooned" and "Frenzy" will bring them back in their crazy and so funny world. Great arrangements la "10CC" of course; this is also to be noticed in the very good "Betty" which is one of my fave.

Still, the overall feeling is that their best times are behind them. I understand that not all numbers of an album can be jewels but "She Got Body She Got Soul" is far to reach this level. Even if, again, the arrangements are quite good.

In terms of originality, fun, frenzy and craziness, the Palme d'Or is with no doubt for "Abu Dhabi". A great "Split Enz" song. One of their best actually (all time, not only here).

As far as I am concerned, there is little interest for a proghead but if new wave suits you (and why not?) as it has suited me, this album is worth a listen.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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