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3.43 | 131 ratings

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3 stars A solid album, I am fond of this one. More consistent, mature and better written than their debut, in my sense, and I like this one more, though I have not sat down to listen to that album in its entirety. Gone are the silly psychedelic flourishes and inconsistencies on Mr. Fantasy. Every song on here, with the possible exception of the somewhat boring and lagging Vagabond Virgin and the afterthought Means to an End (which sounds like filler) is memorable and stands on its own. The album is filled with good grooves and enjoyable instrumentation, as well as Winwood's classic voice, which I very much enjoy. The first couple of times I listened to this album it sounded to my ears very dated, but I soon acclimated to the style and no longer hear it. I am not sure whether I like this, John Barleycorn or Low Spark the most. The first four songs and Cryin' to be heard are my favorites. You Can All Join in has a great groove, as does Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring. Despite what other reviewers have stated, I don't find Forty Thousand Headmen to be particularly special, although it is a nice song. I like the first half, but it gets a little messy to my ears, and doesn't quite live up to its promise. Feelin' Allright, probably the most well known song here, is enjoyable, especially the piano during the choruses, though straightforward and simple. All in all, this is a very nice album with a distinctive style. 3.5 rounded down to 3.
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