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Easy Livin
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4 stars Prog loses out to the lure of commercial success. . . again

By the time of "Breakfast in America", Supertramp were BIG.

With a number of hit singles already under their belt, this album provided further evidence of their ability to write good catchy pop songs, along with more structured progressive numbers. It has to be said that the former are predominant here, with only "Child of vision" having any real leanings at all to prog. That said, the other tracks are strong and melodic.

"The logical song" was a great single (dreadfully covered more recently as a dance number by the Scissor Sisters), with Roger Hodgson in fine vocal form, delivering some rather disturbing lyrics about mind manipulation. The song has passing similarities to "Dreamer" from the "Crime of the century" album.

"Take the long way home" has a wonderful melody to it, not unlike a cut down version of "Hide in your shell". The keyboard effects on this track are truly magical. When you hear Roger Hodgson's massive input to tracks like this you realise how the writing was on the wall for the band from the moment he left.

The closing "Child of vision" contrasts noticeably with the rest of the album. It is a lengthy keyboard based piece, which draws together many of the band's traits into a more complex, absorbing piece.

With the huge commercial success of Supertramp with "Breakfast in America" , it was a case of giving the masses what they want. In doing so, they did continue to make thoroughly enjoyable music, but the prog world was losing a great band.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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