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Staggering In Every Way,
This review is from: Breakfast In America (Audio CD)
Supertramp. like all top class bands had more than one top class songwriter contributing...in this case Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies write the songs and the chemistry is amazing, especially so given the superb rhythm section and sax and wind instuments of Mr Helliwell...this album like all their best efforts (ie Crime, Crisis and Even In The Quietest Moments) is so impressive on SO MANY LEVELS....I suppose what makes this album in the superb mixture of the singles, particilarly Logical Song and Take The Long Way Home with the other stuff whiczh is EASILY of the same standard, in fact better in some cases...Lord Is It Mine is absolutely beautiful, lyrically and musically, the chaplain at our school once played this song in front of the whole school in morning chapel...i was blown away then and i am still am today! Oh Darling is possibly Rick Davies' most underrated song...bitter-sweet, utterly captivating and incredibly emotional....Child Of Vision has that tremendous piano plus a great lyric and Casual Conversations is beautiful it its heartfelt simplicity....and gorgeous melody...WHY CAN'T RICK DAVIES WRITE SONGS LIKE THAT THESE DAYS????? This ablum is jam packed full of uplifting music which this band would never sadly match again, good though parts of Famous Last Words were...post Hodgson Supertramp I'm afraid is rather forgettable.....but for a period of 5 years from 1974 to 1979 this band could do basically NO WRONG and their four albums from this period are timless, not to mention the album covers which are among the best of any decade. If I have to think of who has produced four albums of such sheer brilliance, one after the other, I have to resort to Beatles Rubber Soul through White album or Dylan Blood On the Tracks through Slow Train Coming. That's how good this band was.