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Curved Air


Eclectic Prog

3.65 | 159 ratings

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3 stars The classic Curved Air lineup disintegrated after releasing their masterpiece, Phantasmagoria, with the result that this album was recorded with an entirely new lineup. Although Sonja Kristina and Mike Wedgewood remain, and whilst Eddie Jobson is just as good an electric violinist as Darryl Way was, the sound of the album is very different from their previous work.

The album is split between comparatively straight-ahead hard rockers, like The Purple Speed Queen and Two-Three-Four, which frankly aren't very convincing, to more progressive (and more interesting) works like Metamorphosis and UHF, which sound a lot like Genesis from the same period - partially because Eddie Jobson's keyboard work puts me in mind of Tony Banks, partly because Kirby Gregory's guitar sound seems modelled on Steve Hackett's. Sonja Kristina gets to show a bit more of her vocal range, with the chanteuse-like vocals she applied to the earlier albums scaled back and - as with the music - a bit more of a hard rock approach added; her performance on The Purple Speed Queen is probably the best aspect of that song, and bizarrely enough ends up sounding a lot like a female Geddy Lee. (Or maybe, since Rush hadn't put out their debut yet, it'd be better to say that Geddy Lee sounds a lot like a male Sonja Kristina...)

The album certainly isn't bad, but the material is far from consistent, and those who fell in love with the sound of the group's first three albums are likely to find themselves disappointed when they find that the band has here moved towards both a more traditional hard rock sounds on their commercial songs, and a more traditional and less original vision of prog rock on their more progressive tracks. Three stars.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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