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3 stars Traffic - The low spark of high heeled Boys (1971)

Soul music.

This is not what I expected to find in the eclectic prog genre. Even after my eighth spin of this album I haven't found but one progressive moment on the album (the last distorted guitar-chord of The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys). Furthermore the melodic Rainmaker has some great melodic song-writing.

Traffic is a band with some different influences and elements that still manages to sound as one group. There are rock influences, soul influences, there's some African percussive element and one could find some art rock due to the wind-sections. Don't expect to find very progressive compositions here! This leaves us with the question, what does this record has to offer us? Well. It's very very very relaxing! Almost always on a low pace, without strange changes within a song, nothing unexpected but always with an atmosphere as if Traffic was playing the record live in your living room. And all this just to satisfy you on your chill-out moment of the day or that nice and easy Sunday morning. That's the feeling this record gives me. The voice of Winwood is always pleasent, the wind-section gentle and the guitar are weeping. The quality of this band needs no discussion, this is top notch soul/soft rock.

Conclusion. This is the kind of music you like, but forget to buy because of all the bombastic interesting prog-releases. Still this is a great achievement of mixing styles into a soul-format. A professional record by an easy'goin' band. Three stars. But I still don't understand why this isn't listed as prog-related.

friso | 3/5 |


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