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Cafe Society benefits from some splendid piano breaks and sets the atmosphere quite beautifully as it depicts, well, cafe society! Strange Girl is Al just having fun with another busted romance as he tells his woes about a strange girl he once loved and her even stranger family! - "Every holiday's a nightmare and its giving me the chills, everybody ends up fighting, I remember it still. The only thing they agree on is its me they wanna kill!".Read more ›
And I love 1,2,3, the old Len Barry song. Al takes it to a new level. Thanks for this 25 years old this year I think memory Al!
It is not one of Al's most easily accessible albums although there are a few standout songs on here. A lot of this album is political- or has political overtones. Lori , don't go right now is a simple song- a good tune, though the instrumental changes mark a new era from YOTC.
Rumours of War is not a song you will take to immediately however it contains a powerful statement. Gypsy and the rose has probably the most harmless tune on the album- very listenable with a slight folk-like feel.
The next song , in my opinion is one of the said standout tracks, and the highlight of the album - Accident on 3rd street is slightly strange as it is not so much sung as half sung- half spoken. It is a great tune none the less and its moving topic of a drink and driving accident combined with the down to earth and very careless phrase, Just one of those things. a great lyric and excellent piano part.
Next up is Strange girl- one of my original favourites this is catchy. The title track is less good- probably the weakest song musically. It is about the political stance of the 2 countries in 1984.
Cafe society is another good song. It has a strong piano part and striking sax tune that combined with the very atmospheric lyrics create a song you'll never tire of hearing, and as its a catchy tune will no doubt sing a long.
Al stewart wrote mostly all his own songa, but there are odd exceptions such as 1,2,3.Read more ›
Lori don't go right now, rumours of war, the candidate and cafe society are all very good tracks with clever lyrics and good music. The gypsy and the rose and strange girl are perhaps not so great. 1,2,3 is not one of Als', but it's a good song and well covered. The title track, Russians and Americans is great, but rather dated, since the threat that was once posed by these nations now only comes from the Americans, who are still as mental as ever!
The best track on the album is Accident on Third Street, which tells the story of a friend knocked down and killed by a drunk driver, and the range of emotions such a tragedy produces. Great lyrics include the lines "Linda's in the cold ground, won't see her any more, somewhere out on the highway tonight the drunken engines roar" - really brings it home.
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I'm a great Al Stewart fan but this on ereally doesn't do anything for me - in fact I gave my copy away
There are a few moderately good songs (e.g. Read more
I bought this record at a 2nd hand vinyl shop, and I WAS BLOWN AWAY! The textures you can hear in these tracks; the guitar parts with Al and a full band! They are UNBELIEVABLE! Read morePublished on 4 April 2011 by David Calcano
A very good album. Much better than his Year Of The Cat and Time Passages albums. It's a thoroughly enjoyable album.