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3 stars The band has now recovered from Mason's hesitations and released this highly considered ''Traffic'' album.

It starts on a peaceful and classic folk song (''Hidden Treasure'') which should be only an appetizer for the epic from this ''Low Spark?'. The mood of this song is also on the tranquil side. This jazzy number doesn't really start actually. Calm and sweet vocals, fine instrumental middle section, and a nice finale are the spices. But I would have liked it more spicy to tell the truth (OK, my wife is Mexican...).

There are no weak songs featured on this album, but none of them are truly moving me. The psyche-rock ''Rock & Roll Stew'' is a perfect example of this feeling.

The first track with a prog feel is ''Many Mile?''. Pastoral atmosphere, nice fluting and pleasant vocals for sure. These qualities are not new and so there is hardly anything new with this album as far as I'm concerned. Unless a bluesy rock like ''Light Up?'' sounds revolutionary to some ears?but not mine.

My second fave is ''Rainmaker''. For the same reasons than ''Many Mile...''. The fluting parts (which are many) are exquisite, and the violin adds a great prog layer . It sounds an awful lot to Tull though. Or is it reverse???

But two excellent songs don't make a great album, only a good one as far as I'm concerned. This is a good release: it rocks a little, it folks a little, it blues a little. But it progs very little. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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