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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006HI60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Status Quo Heavy Traffic

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Having enjoyed a surprise rehabilitation with the chart success of the single "Jam Side Down", Status Quo appear bullish and unrepentant on their 33rd album, Heavy Traffic. With clubs like School Disco hammering their tracks to a fresh young audience, Rossi and Parfitt probably feel they've finally been vindicated for sticking doggedly to their goodtime boogie niche.

The template, like the song, certainly remains the same here. You can sense your thumbs twitching to link themselves in your belt loops as those familiar three chords trundle through their paces, while lyrically Rossi pitches halfway between nostalgia and denial. "Blues & Rhythm" grows misty eyed at teenage years spent in the bedroom with the first Marshall stack, leaving the likes of "Heavy Traffic" and "Solid Gold" to indulge in escapist road fantasies. Alas, "The Oriental" is a step too far. Starting promisingly with the Gallagher-esque nursery rhyming of "Her name was Mia/from North Korea/I said come over/bring your Landrover" (Landrover?), the song rapidly goes down hill. After this horrific own goal, Status Quo's "feelgood" rock & roll doesn't feel so good after all and the album never recovers. --Ian Watson

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like many a Quo fan, my love affair with the band had seriously fallen apart since the In The Army Now album.
It was briefly resurrected with the Rock Til You Drop album, but this appeared to be a quick 'thanks for the memories' rumble - until I heard Heavy Traffic!
Oh boy! Does this album blow you away!!
And like some of the other reviewers, I must criticise the Amazon review - if one is going to put import where it doesn't belong, The Oriental could also be criticised as racist. But that is severely mis-interpreting the point - The Oriental is NOTHING MORE than a good time light-humoured song. You might as well criticise The Carry On movies for their sexism for about as much relevance as that criticism holds!
As for this fabulous album - be prepared to be knocked dead by the ferocity (!!) of Blues & Rhythm, and suffer severe leg twitching and neck crick from All Stand Up, Creepin' Up On You, Do It Again and Money Don't Matter.
For me there are two weak songs though - Rhythm Of Life is a poor finalé to such a great album (passable on any of their other recent releases - but not this one!), and Heavy Traffic takes a couple of listens before it doesn't break the flow of the stomping great tunes on this album.
So, I'm afraid, I'm loathe to deduct a point for those flaws - but otherwise a five star album, that ranks alongside Quo and Quo Live as my all time fave Quo albums.
(and for the record I'm 31 with a strong passion for System Of A Down, Nirvana and Metallica - not 60+ with a strong passion for sipping tea and biscuits!)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Brown on 8 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply their best studio album for *years*. If you'd given Quo up for lost in the 80s and 90s, this will restore your faith.
Theirs has never been music to be taken seriously, analysed, dissected. Mr Watson, lighten up. Kick back, indulge in a beverage of your choice and take the volume as high as you dare go. You'll find the spark of Old Quo both here and on stage, if you can get tickets!
My old car only has a tape player, and HT fits really nicely on a 90 minute tape with Piledriver.
I commend this album to the House.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bazzer on 18 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
After Quo's disappointing albums of the late 80 and 90's, at first I wasn't expecting too much of Heavy Traffic. However, as soon as the opening track, 'Blues n Rhythm' blasted out the speakers at me, I knew this was going to be completely different!
Heavy Traffic was billed as 'Quo's best album in 20 years,' and I couldn't agree more. Indeed, Heavy Traffic wouldn't have disgraced in their 70's and early 80's heyday, when Quo were churning out quality releases like clockwork!
The aforementioned 'Blues n Rhythm', 'All Stand Up', 'Creeping Up On You', 'Jam Side Down', 'Solid Gold', and the title track itself are all top drawer songs and remind me of just what a class act Quo are, and really brings home - in my opinion - just how lackluster some of their later albums were.
The only thing that lets the side down slightly is that the album is possibly three tracks too long. 'The Oriental', 'Green' and 'Diggin Burt Bacharach' could have been left off and, in my opinion, the album would have been just as strong, and may have made it stronger still.
Nevertheless, this is just a minor quibble. Heavy Traffic marks a magnificent and much wanted return to form for Status Quo - here's to many, many more of them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Richards on 5 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is simply the best album the Quo have made since In the Army Now. You don't buy Quo for their ability to push the boundaries of popular music to new limits, or for their ability to experiment in new and unique ways- you buy them because they make music you would rather listen to, that you enjoy, and that sounds really rather good.
From the opening track, Blues and Rhythm, you know that the album will do what it says on the tin. And that's the point. I've wasted a lot of money over the years buying poorly made music from inconsistent bands with little breadth in their repertoire beyond the odd single or two.
But on this album the even the lows are high-the music and lyrics must not be taken seriously-please apply a large pinch of salt and place tongue in cheek. There are songs like Solid Gold that hark back to the nostalgic 70's, when the Rossi/Young writing partnership brought the world classics that are now legends, such as Caroline. There are simple quirky arrangements with very clever lyrics such as in Diggin' Burt Bacharach. And the riff on the Rhythm of Life is awesome.Why has no-one worked this one out before!!
The single, Jam Side Down, stands out, notwithstanding the fact that it made the top 20. It is a classic example of how to create a simple catchy effective single. And this after their first single charted in the sixties! How many British Institutions last this long, let alone a rock band?
Music is meant to move you. If it doesn't create a reaction then buy something else. But if you like solid, well played, simple rock music, then you could do no worse than forget popular prejudice and buy this album.
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