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Crossover Prog

3.03 | 135 ratings

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1 stars (Goodbye Prog) once upon a time...

The Prog-quotient on the previous couple of Saga albums was low, and it had gradually decreased ever since the self-titled debut from 1978, but on Behaviour it was for the first time reduced to zero. Whatever remnants of progressive Rock that could be found on Worlds Apart and Head Or Tales is wholly eradicated here. This is Pop-Rock pure and simple, complete with smooth and slick, radio-friendly production, syrupy love songs, utterly banal and predictable lyrics and even some occasional cheesy female backing vocals. The solos and instrumental breaks that could still be found on the previous album are kept to an absolute minimum here and the focus is instead on the vocals. This is especially unfortunate as they have absolutely nothing interesting to say here. The lyrics are as uninspired and predictable as the music and consist mostly of old clichés. The tempo is generally much slower than we are used to from Saga and they have completely forgotten how to Rock here. These songs are all smooth, mid-tempo Synth-Rock or dull Pop ballads. The excesses that characterize the typical Saga sound are not to be found on this album.

There is nothing that stands out here, in either direction; there is nothing that grips me or interest me but also nothings that is truly awful. Behaviour is not a horrible album as such, it is just an utterly flat, dull and monotonic recording that has also happens to have nothing whatsoever to do with progressive Rock.

One of Saga's poorest efforts

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |


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