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CHICAGO [AKA: CHICAGO II]

Chicago

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.14 | 197 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars In their second album,it looks Chicago knows better ,what they want. If their debut was raw and often not too balanced mix of blues-rock, soloing heavy guitar and big-band arrangements, the second one is much more polished one. They still using same components, but with other proportions: no jammimg raw few minutes guitar solos there any more! Songs are better structurised and all are based on pop-rock oriented platform.

The music still is fresh and interesting, and as in debut are more mix of styles than melted product. Melodies are all around, and almost all Chicago greatest hits are coming from this album. Brass section make great jazzy atmosphere and still existing guitar sounds are very pleasant and bring some rock feeling in quite sweet mix.

I believe, that everyone's opinion about this album is based on personal taste. Album still great in compositions ,vocal and arrangements are of the high level. If you like more jazzy orchestrated part of Chicago sound, you will find there all that jazz plus some classic pieces and orchestration. But there is less "rock" in Chicago's second album jazz-rock.

Anyway, really very good album, I think they both with debut are just two Chicago classics.

snobb | 4/5 |

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