You don't expect the early 1970s to throw up a haunting and imaginative album with a sense of the dramatic unless it comes from one of the prog giants. But Leo Sayer, too hastily written off these days as an easy-listening balladeer, made this gem without resorting to any of the multi-layered, riff-laden flamboyance that the era is renowned for.
The first three tracks are basic rock songs in stripped-down arrangements, but with a profound, unsetting feel which permeates the whole album. "Drop Back" in particular hits hard and features a brief, simple, but spine-tingling guitar solo. Both "The Dancer" and the orchestral "Why Is Everybody Going Home?" are topped by Sayer's deranged, lingering falsetto. The remaining tracks all add something different. "The Show Must Go On" might have been a major hit, but it isn't representative of the album.
What is certain however is that "Silverbird" has one of the hallmarks of all great albums, that of a unique feel. It inhabits a distinct world. Put your prejudice aside and try it.