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Rare Bird


Crossover Prog

3.79 | 126 ratings

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Beautiful Scarlet
3 stars Today I review the album that has spawned my name and been quite influential on me as an artist, Rare Bird. I know this album like the back of my hand, having heard it many times yet as can't give this album higher than three stars. Albums are a collection of songs, should even one falter the album is stricken from god tier 5*. Rare Bird has many beautiful songs that are unfortunately counteracted by equally terrible songs.

Iceberg opens the album, the longest track and one of the best. It opens with energetic keyboard chords and possesses effulgence vocal lines delivered by Steve Gould (Fantastic singer). Great song.

Times follows and is just awful 2* filler material. Cheesy vocals and annoying drums propel this song to cringe inducing territory. Fortunately a distorted key solo saves the song from 1*.

You went away is quite sublime, a pretty ballad lamenting the going away of another.

Melanie is a song with an absolutely horrific head. Downright agitating, bad enough I'm considering removing the bridge from it. Speaking of the bridge it is great, jazzy, chill and intoxicating.

Beautiful Scarlet, my namesake is a song that just resonates with me. Memorable.

Sympathy was a hit in Europe back in 1969, it's ok.

Natures fruit is not bad, worse then some of the better tracks while similar enough to not be needed on the album.

Bird On A Wing is the same as Nature's fruit.

God Of War is an epic closing track with a dark edge the song proves to be a haunting coda to Rare Bird

Overall this album is 3/5, however I do recommend listening to some of the tracks, specifically; Iceberg, Beautiful Scarlet and God Of War.

Beautiful Scarlet | 3/5 |


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