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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00006HI60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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While the recorded output has certainly gone off the boil in recent years, not helped by two (soon to be three) covers albums, Status Quo have continued to blow the roof off at all their live shows and this has kept their fans loyal.
Heavy Traffic, featuring some of the most moronic lyrics ever heard on a rock album, is nevertheless nothing short of superb. Clear, crisp production and vocals, excellent balance between guitars, drums and keyboards, together with melodies that bands in their teens would kill for (these guys are in their 50s!) make for a fantastic listen.
Francis Rossi has said that, even after over 35 years, they are striving to produce "THE" album. This may well be it. It will certainly make a lot of Quo Fans very happy indeed.
There are hints of Rockpile, AC/DC, Led Zep and even Bob Dylan(!), but this is undoubtedly Status Quo doing what they do best.
By the way, do not judge this by the single 'Jam Side Down'. It is the most commercial track on the album, but also one of the most lightweight.
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It is obvious to me that Ian needs to see a neurolgist for an MRI."The Oriental"is probably the the most unique and best track on "Heavy Traffic",the finest new Status Quo album in years.How can you possibly sit still listening to that terrific riff and beat?And "Jam Side Down" has got to be the PERFECT pop boogie.Simple,rocking,great to sing along with,with a great rhythm."Solid Gold" is another rocker with a great melody.You see,what most critics fail to understand is that nobody does rock & roll anymore.Everything is new wave,hip-hop(ugh)heavy metal,country,and of course,kill your parents music.Quo just keeps playing great,simple,stomp your feet,bop your head music.Unlike that other rubbish you hear today,songs like "All Stand Up" and "Creeping Up On You" are just pure rockers.I've tried U2,Oasis,Blink 182(horrible),Nirvana(talk about boring!),but I find their music terminal and self-serving.I have neighbors who can make better music.I 've palyed this album for at least 20 people so far and ALL have said,"wow-real rock and roll-haven't heard that in a while..sounds great-it's about time someone finally records real rock & roll instead of that computerized,techno crap".If you listen to this great new CD by the greatest live band in the world,and you don't find yourself singing along,tapping your foot and swaying your head,go see the same neurologist that Ian should see.
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Mr Watson's review is a typical Quo review. What the reviewer fails to understand is the essence of Status Quo, i.e. fun and not taking themselves too seriously. For 40 years Quo have been the definitive boogie band, simple catchy rock tunes. Critics have been dismissive of their success, but 57 hit singles tells another story, as does the sell tour year after year.
Heavy Traffic is the best Quo album for 20 years, recapturing the rossi/parfitt magic. The album sees the reuniting of the Rossi/Young partnership after 20 odd years, this is the partnership that gave the world Paper Plane, Down Down, Caroline amongst others.
Highlights for me are All Stand Up, Heavy Traffic, Solid Gold, Rhythm of Life.
The Oriental is a tongue in cheek song. Inane lyrics but great guitars. Quo have never been social commentators, and to review their music as if they are is simply missing the point. Alas for the poor reviewer, Status Quo's audience isn't middle age, it spans old and young alike, and unlike today's artists remain constant and unmoved by such typical criticism.
One point should be made. In referring to being Gallagher esque, the reviewer missed the point of Oasis. In the fact that Oasis, have openly used Quo, Beatles, TRex melodies to get their sound, NOT the other way around. QUO CAME BEFORE OASIS!!!
Take it from me. Heavy Traffic is very very special.
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