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Earth And Fire


Symphonic Prog

2.16 | 38 ratings

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1 stars I'm not certain which is odder: "Reality Fills Fantasy" being reviewed here in the first place, or someone having given it a positive review.

Granted, Earth & Fire was a superb progressive rock band in its earlier days; and granted, most of the later pop-oriented albums contain at least some progressive moments. This, however, is the exception: "Reality Fills Fantasy", simply, is a disco record.

Earth & Fire was always a major influence on Abba, and it was little coincidence that both bands' fascination with disco saw them releasing a whole album in the style in 1979. Abba's "Voulez-Vous?" wasn't brilliant, either, but whereas Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus were versatile enough songwriters to turn their hand to most styles with aplomb, the Koerts twins here prove themselves incapable of writing good disco music.

Only the vaguely Jefferson Starship-like "Fire Of Love" is halfway listenable; the remainder (including the eleven minute opener "People Come, People Go", which one might expect to be the token progressive cut) is an assemblage of dreadful disco cliches, more dated and hackneyed today than a white suit with ten inch flares.

The album's defenders may cite the success of the reggae/pop single "Weekend", which reached number one in at least one European chart. Then again, the "Crazy Frog" ringtone is top of the pops here in the UK as I write this.

Politician | 1/5 |


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