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Crossover Prog

3.47 | 309 ratings

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3 stars Of all the Supertramp's records I own, this one is definitely the least accessible & pop; it is also among the most progressive ones. The tracks can be pretty loaded too, and it is hard to recognize Supertramp when there are no vocals, if you are familiar with their most successful music. The album starts with a catchy track containing an early Amsterdam prog organ sound: they do not sound British at all. On the other tracks, an omnipresent subtle organ is often floating in the background. There are some typical harmonica parts. The acoustic & electric guitars are very employed, which makes the overall style often rock and even hard rock because of the solos involved. There are some peaceful "New Age" flageolet parts instead of saxophone ones. The piano, Wurlitzer/Fender Rhodes are rarely used here. The lead & backing vocals on the very good "Shadow Song" remind Barclay James Harvest. The last part of the epic "Try Again" is surprisingly unexpected: it really flirts with a structured krautrock style!

Rating: 3.5 stars

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