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Easy Livin
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3 stars Over Easy

The combined talents of the five musicians who make up Sky are undoubted. This however is one of those rare occasions where the sum of the parts is actually greater than the whole. Sky are the musical equivalent of a Formula One car being taken for a Sunday drive, it's just all too easy. Much of the music here is the sort everyone "quite likes" but few "love".

The album shows it's hand straight away with what is probably the best track, "Hotta". Nominally conceived as being based on a Spanish dance, the track twists and turns with a constantly rising theme played out on lead guitar.

The revised version of Curved Air's "Vivaldi" has Williams' (or is it Peek) guitar replacing Darryl Way's violin. By and large it works well, if at times being a slightly sanitised version. Vivaldi (the composer) is revisited more faithfully on "Andante", a pleasant transcription of a movement from his "Concerto for two mandolins".

The final notable track is the band's reworking of Bach's "Toccata", with its immediately recognisable intro, and ultra familiar melody. The track was a major hit single for the band, bringing with it a much wider audience.

It's hard to criticise this album, and that is perversely its main failing. It and the band are just too "nice". If there is such a thing as "easy listening prog", Sky are the quintessential band of that genre.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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