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4 stars Traffic is one of those bands which I can't help but love, mostly because they weren't tied to one genre. Folk rock, jazz/fusion, prog rock, you name it. While most of us would consider the predecessors, John Barleycorn Must Die and The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys to be the quintessential Traffic releases, I personally find Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory to be in the same class as the aforementioned albums. Steve Winwood continues to shine through with his musical presence and performance, and Chris Wood's reeds sound very sharp. The conga work of Reebop Kwaku Baah can't be forgotten either, as it seems to provide more with the atmosphere. Winwood and Jim Capaldi still write well together, including the title track (complete with a guitar riff reminiscent of "Smoke on the Water" and it's opening three notes). "Roll Right Stones" is the epic, but a sweet one at that, but my favorite is the electric piano/acoustic guitar number "Evening Blue," which sums up loneliness in such a way ("if I had a lover whose heart was true, I wouldn't be alone in this evening blue"). The final two numbers, Wood's instrumental "Tragic Magic," which seems more of a percussion workout, and "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" seem rather fitting as the final two tracks. I do think that this album was more than just a Low Spark follow-up in terms of reasons for purchase, but you can't help but get into the groove of the record, and the differences in each song.
CVoss | 4/5 |


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