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RITES OF PASSAGE

Roger Hodgson

 

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2.25 | 32 ratings

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2 stars Looking back

A rather strange album this one, in that it's a mixture of newer solo material by Roger, combined with live versions of tracks from his time with Supertramp which are sub-labelled "Rites of passage".

The Supertramp tracks such as "Take the long way home" are performed faithfully, sounding entirely familiar since Hodgson was the original vocalist on them. Others such as "In Jeopardy" from his first solo album "In the eye of the storm" could easily have been Supertramp numbers.

Of the newer material, the slower songs "Don't you wanna get high" and "Red lake" work best. The more up tempo numbers "Every trick in the book" and "Showdown" have a pop feel to them, they are in truth pretty average affairs which perhaps indicate that Hodgson's sense of adventure is waning.

Roger appears to be something of a recluse in musical terms these days, preferring to keep a low profile with occasional performances in his home town in the USA. With his wealth of quality material from his Supertramp days and early solo career, this album serves to show that by and large we must look to his past for his finest work.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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