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on 22 July 2008
In my opinion, this may be Max's most overlooked album but maybe that's just me. Anyway, its all good stuff including such classics as 'The Party', 'Lip Service' and 'Waterline' also the wonderful 'Astonish Me'.
Criminally overlooked by many people and dismissed as Rush sidekicks. Max had much more to offer. Their music is by turns brainy, quirky, melodic, powerful and individual. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
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on 29 April 2014
I saw MW supporting Rush,after seeing them Rush were like the support band,a shame MW cancelled their own tour later.
This band are all very accomplished musicians but the stand out is the front man (obviously)Kim Mitchell with his larger than life personality,this album was the first I bought (vinyl) and was at the time very representative of the stage show,with the often obscure Zappaesque lyrics by Pye Dubois,music by Kim Mitchell and Terry Watkinson.This is such a fun time album it should be in every music lovers collection,check out Youtube,judge for yourselves.I wish I could have seen them more of their act rather than the support act for Rush.They are unique and there is no comparable sounding band.
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on 12 April 2013
Although it's a tough choice over this and Universal Juveniles, this just cuts it as Max Webster's best album. UJ just misses out as it misses Terry Watkinson. This has no more than nine songs but eight are good and individual: some are spectacular. What makes MW so good is the quality of the rifs, the textures, the chord changes, the weirdness, the musicianship and the lyrics. They say this was progressive rock, but it isn't like Genesis or Yes from the same period. I like Lip Service - it's nice and tight but not the best on the record. Astonish me is a laid back melodic song from Terry Watkinson. Let your man fly is the worst song on the record and perhaps the only one I'd d be happy to let go. water Me Down is gentle and melacholic. Distressed is when the record starts to move up a gear. It has a great groove and is edgy. The Party is probalby the best known and is outstanding for its lyrics and dynamics. This is not your verse, chorux, verse type song at all. Waterline is another slower song before we get to Hawaii which I've always seen as the opener 'beach' sequence for Beyond the moon. BYM is the best MW song and is worth the ticket price alone. Lyrics like 'acid warped the global foetus' and "2 thousand years we crossed up jesus thinking he'd make ends meet - christ no" sum it up. The tune is driven by Kim Mitchell's guitars and Watkinson's keyboards and is very anthemic and grand befrre running into one of KM's memorable guitar solos which is simply majestic.
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