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3.50 | 95 ratings

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2 stars Family has never been a truly prog band IMO. They were quite different and exceptional in the proper sense of the wording. Which means out of the normal: an exception.

Even if none of their albums could claim for the masterpiece status, each of them had this so typical British flavour mostly thanks to their great front man. There are few examples of such a good band which was so much in the shadow of their leader: Roger Chapman.

For some obvious reasons (if you have read some other reviews of mine), my favourite song of this album is Spanish Tide. Indeed a very much Spanish feeling thanks to the acoustic guitar. The fantastic second part holds an incredible beat which features superb keyboards (not very common for Family to say the least).

Some songs are rocking alright and I surely include Take Your Partners as one of the best songs from Fearless. The band is showing a great ability to perform, a great cohesion and offer a fine moment of music. This feeling is totally destroyed by Children which is just a colourless tune with no texture at all. Press next, really.

Most of the surprising moments are all gone. There are little to none surprises with this album. Actually, it is an average effort: no outstanding numbers to tell the truth. This might well be a legendary band, but this is no legendary album and it features no legendary tracks.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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