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Roger Hodgson


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5 stars The best album Supertramp never made

This is probably the best "Supertramp" album with the possible exception of "Crime of the century".

Having previously departed said band, Hodgson came up with some of his finest work for his first solo album. His distinctive voice, combined with very "Supertramp" instrumentation, made this album more worthy of bearing the band name than any of the post Hodgson Supertramp output.

"Had a dream" kicks of the album with a child birth sound effects leading to a great upbeat piano intro and an uplifting, feel good number. Hodgson is clearly enjoying himself here. "In Jeopardy" has a bluesy feel to it, thanks to the brass keyboards section which combines with a slower but nonetheless driving beat, think of Supertramp's "Babaji" and your pretty much there.

Three excellent long pieces make up the latter half of the album, the best of which is the closing "Only because of you". This has to be Hodgson's finest piece, solo or otherwise. It start slowly and quietly building to a wonderful synthesiser solo which sweeps the listener majestically upwards, soaring on fantastic waves of sound before the ending places ones feet ever so gently back on terra firma.

A truly exceptional album which, had it born the Supertramp name would undoubtedly been among their most successful. Recommended.

Easy Livin | 5/5 |


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