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The sound has changed here too. There's very little of the march-like hard rock of the past, instead an almost progressive pop-rock pervades the proceedings. "Dream On" the album's opener is a piano-led piece, sung by Andy Scott, with a string arrangement towards the end of the track. Indeed Scott's almost-classical influences dominate the whole album.
Also very telling is lead vocalist Brian Connolly's diminishing role in the recording process. Both Scott and bassist Steve Priest take prominent vocal roles on the two key songs on "Level Headed".
The mighty "Love Is Like Oxygen", was a huge hit single in Britain and around the world. Here it's in its full extended form. Pieced around a taut guitar riff, "Love Is Like Oxygen" is Sweet's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Lucscious harp and piano dominate the middle section of the song before it heads back into a power-chord frenzy and a funky ending. Brilliant stuff.
"California Nights", sung by Steve Priest, is another stand out track. A spacey laid back pop-rocker, its production is so stunning you can almost imagine yourself lying on a hot beach at sundown. "Silverbird" and "Fountain" are acoustic-led folk-rock songs. Both are fairly brisk and feature some good intricate soloing from Scott.
Things go very high-brow with "Lady Of The Lake".Connolly's plaintive vocal is especially effective. Here Sweet's over-blown classical arrangements dominate the whole track. And, in doing so, Sweet have finally caught on to what rivals Queen had been up to for the previous five years.
Sadly, the optimism "Level Headed" promised wasn't built upon.Read more ›
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I'm not sure which is worse that the band sold out the fans or they sold out to the record company I mean they obviously went for a more west coast much lighter more commercial... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D B Sharp
One of the most underrated band. Level headed is a brilliant AOR album. The songs are all classics. Try to buy it in vinyl just to hear the sound of the bass. MassivePublished 12 months ago by Flodown666
this was released before on the reissue label repertoire records and included the 7" versions of love is like oxygen & California nights plus the b sides of these two... Read morePublished 16 months ago by G. Ellis
It is just simply fantastic - not what you'd expect to hear - but it is so much better and worth buying.Published on 11 Feb. 2014 by Celia Haynes