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4 stars I'm not a big fan of Supertramp and I have not followed the who's who and what roles they play in the band. And, this is my first review about Supertramp. Oh yes, for sure this album was one of rock albums that colored my schooldays when I was in transition from Senior High School into undergraduate. I heard some tunes of this album were played at the radio and became hits at that time. I even purchased the cassette which I was amazed about the high quality of sonic quality - even though it was just a cassette. It became my favorite when it came into a record with great high fidelity. I could not remember clearly which songs that I regularly played at that time. But when I saw the CD of this album at secondary market I did purchase one and the CD sonic quality is truly amazing! All sound details from the instruments played are produced clearly with perfect balance of bass, treble and mid-range. I really enjoy it very much and never regret owning the CD. Together with this one, I also purchased the live concert album "Paris" volume 1 and 2 (separate CD).

Let's talk about the music. First off I never thought that this is categorized under prog even though when I scrutinized the chords and notations used here resemble prog composition - a bit, at least! Forget about it's prog or not I reckon that this album is definitely very enjoyable with great melody and memorable musical parts. The guys in the band compose the music beautifully - combining sweet melody, rich textures (especially with the use of woodwind instruments) and straight forward structure.

Second, the key characteristics of Supertramp are represented by the powerful and harmonious vocal quality and piano-based music. Almost all songs are sung wonderfully with excellent quality of vocal combined with piano and keyboard work. Take an example of my best favorite track which indeed a title track of this album (track 4) is a perfect composition combining piano, powerful vocal and great rhythm section. The inclusion of woodwind instruments throughout the song has made the song truly rich in textures and set the music apart from any other rock or pop music. The other songs like "Logical Song", "Lord Is It Mine" or "Child of Vision" are examples on how excellent the compositions are. "Child of Vision" is also one of my favorites. It's hard to believe if there is a human being that does not enjoy this well-crafted song. It's the longest one in term of duration and it's very enjoyable from start to end, especially with the piano solo and rhythm section.

Third, in terms of songwriting, I like the lyrics of this album. I think, that's another strong point of Supertramp music. Breakfast In America is a good example of powerful lyrics, especially when it's combined with music punctuation.

It's hard to deny that this is the band's excellent album that any music buffs should own a copy. The music is completely accessible to many ears and also memorable. This album is produced by Supertramp and Peter Henderson.Keep on proggin' .!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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