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1 stars Not sure what album y'all were listening to...

Despite being curious what in the hell Traffic were doing literally (exactly) 20 years after their last, When the Eagle Flies (1974), I decided to go in on this blind. An hour-long excursion into some oldheads' latterday expressions, with at best mixed (yet fairly positive) reviews, this only does so much to excite a guy... Traffic, as band, is now strictly Winwood and Capaldi. Certainly wouldn't have suggested that they needed much else, given that simple roster. [Oof.]

And here we are! The '90s! Hahahaha!!! This starts off with "Riding High", very much that commercial Winwood thing... You know what I'm talking about. Well performed, but cheesy as hell. This feels like the albums' legacy (now that I've finished listening).

With the Traffic designation, not too surprised what I'm hearing. "Here Comes A Man" is a sort of classic RnB-inflected track. Unsurprisingly, it's well done. What else can (or should) be said? Perhaps this: Steve is pulling all the strings on this one (organ, guitar and flute!). So, really at best, we get well-performed, long-form RnB-inflected Prog-lite/AOR jams. I'm not mad at it (see the track "Far From Home")... But...

"Holy Ground" was... just bad... and... what followed uhhhh... Thank God for the final track to at least pick things back up. I guess. [I'm fairly confident that there is no reason for this album to exist.]

True Rate: 1.5/5.0

DangHeck | 1/5 |


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