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4 stars To depict what's available in here is almost as difficult than to describe the great "Sheet Music" from "10CC".

There is the same extravaganza, the same taste for superb vocal harmonies, excellent arrangements and tons of inventiveness. But "Klaatu" won't reach the same glory than the illustrious English band.

The huge amount of orchestration used in this album can also evoke ELO sometimes, and the weird phrases in the start of "Long Live?" reminds me Tull, while Ian was introducing "The Hare" part in "APP". At times though, and especially during this long track, the music is somewhat pedant, pretentious and even overloaded.

The same hilarious style (but moving as well at the same time) is fully present during "The Loniest Of Creatures" available on the original B-side of the vinyl. But loads of orchestrations are a bit too much for my taste like in "Prelude". The best melody is probably "So Said The Lighthouse Keeper". A pure jewel, a kaleidoscope of vocal and musical harmony,

The very positive and poignant "Hope" is another of the beauties featured here. Very much ELO oriented, thanks to its brilliant melody again. And we all know how great was Jeff in writing catchy and wonderful songs. Only second to the ones you know (see the other reviews for more info).

I'm not desperately in love with this album, but due to the limitation of the rating system here at PA, I will upgrade this work to the four stars achievement. This album has been re-edited in the CD format which also holds their debut album (for only 11?, shipment included). An excellent deal.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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