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Better but not a classic,
This review is from: Quid Pro Quo (Audio CD)
I would give this 3.5 stars if i could. I have been a Quo fan since the mid 70`s and in truth i am suprised to read some of the reviews saying some tracks would not be out of place on Hello, Quo etc...must have been listening with Quo tinted headphones. having said this, the Album is the best effort they have done in years but not to the standards of the 70`s early 80`s. This album could have been so much better if Quo had not tried to play it so safe. The album is over produced in that Rossi`s voice is too clear, too clinical, too studio. Quo made their mark as a live band and this was reflected in their earlier albums like Quo, Hello, Blue for You. This over production also highlights the vocal limitations of Rick Parfitt..earlier albums he got away with it because of the quality of the songs and also that the music masked his vocal deficiencies...leave the vocal to Rossi. Quo made their mark as a 4 peice, quitar, drums, vocal band playing 12 bar boogie..no brass section or synthesizers...get back to this. This album does get my foot tapping but didn`t get me wanting to stand up and start headbanging..maybe not such a bad thing at my age!! Then again it is Quo, i still love em but wish they would get back to basics..catchy identifiable quitar intro`s, heavy Rick Ryhtm machine guitar and a blistering guitar solo from Frame..maybe i`m not the only one that`s gotten old!!
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2014 08:48:38 GMT
As an add on to my review above. Now been listening to this for over a year and can say it is the best Quo have done in a long long time. Seen them live a couple of times this year and i must say i now love this album. Yes it could have been better if they had not played it so safe and i still feel it is over produced. So i will now give it 4 starts instead of 3...could still have been a 5 star album though if it had been little more raw.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2015 16:51:43 BDT
It is a good album but lets be honest its the same league as heavy traffic which to me is a lot better.I found the production on this album very poor,very basey with toned down guitars,not enough grunt out of these Telecasters on this album.
Listen to the guitar sound on Heavy Traffic and compare.
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