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An Enjoyable Collection of Styles,
This review is from: If Life Was Easy (Audio CD)
This album suffers from and benefits greatly from diversity.
Multiple vocalists, diverse styles straddling genres. The sort of album where you'll love some tracks (I do!), but others will pass you by. But few people will agree which to love, which to pass on.
Some rock'n'roll, some country, some easy listening, a touch of blues, hard rock.....what isn't here?
Mickey Lee Soule's spoken word story telling helps give "The Ghost Of A Smile" a very American country tragedy sound. "My Car Won't Start" has a sort of skiffle sound to much of it. "Don't Look Now" a reggae beat. Add a couple of hard rockers, Hammond organ, harmonica, sax.......
I enjoy the diverse percussion styles too.
If there is an overall impression, it's a laid back, sweet, and somewhat sad feel.
The arrangements are excellent, the mix is balanced (and by modern standards makes much use of separate left and right channels - not a mono mix!).
Unfortunately, however inappropriate for this type of album especially, the mastering lets it down big time with a huge dose of volume maximising compression. This album could have thrived on its dynamics, instead they've tried to kill it. I can only listen to a few tracks at a time before aural fatigue sets in. To quote one of the tracks, Roger - "what were we thinking?"