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Curved Air


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3.69 | 189 ratings

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3 stars I'm quite impressed by this album, which is by far the best one I've heard from Curved Air. I have never been a big fan of their earlier albums, but this I find very enjoyable indeed.

Different parts of the album remind me of many other bands. Babe Ruth (on Purple Speed Queen), Steeleye Span (on Elfin Boy), Renaissance (on some parts of Metamorphosis), Camel (very much so on some other parts of Metamorphosis, particularly the Mirage album), Kansas (on Armin and U.H.F.), Black Sabbath (also on Armin and U.H.F.), The Who (on Two-Three-Two, which is the only song here with male vocals), and a bit of Renaissance again (on Easy), or rather, like Renaissance should have sounded - a much more powerful and hard rocking Renaissance, that is! World is a jazz-vaudeville-camp song a bit like Seaside Rendezvous or Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon from Queen's A Night At The Opera.

Incorporating all these disparate musical directions into one and the same coherent album is quite a task. But, in my opinion, they really pulled it off! It really sounds like an album rather than as a random collection of songs; varied yet consistent.

The keyboard work of young Eddie Jobson is quite impressive and the guitar work is also quite good. The best part of the whole album for me is the short keyboard solo at the end of the last track and the passages building up to it, leading into the solo and then the repeat of the chorus that follows. What an ending to the album! But there are many similarly great parts, notably on the longer tracks Metamorphosis and U.H.F.

Highly recommended, even for those who (like this writer) don't like the Curved Air of earlier albums very much!

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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