"In search of the fourth chord". Indeed, but still they haven't found it. The title of this album is the same as the one found on one of the Moody Blues records, with the exception of the word "fourth". If only SQ had half the talent, songwriting craft and musical creativity of the MB, they wouldn't need to go on a quest for the fourth chord, which they'll probably never find and if they did, their music would still sound relentlessly and unbearably repetitive. As for the musical content of this record, nothing new can be said, except that it sounds, unsurprisingly, like many others they released before. Perhaps the only good thing about it is the cover. It gives a whole new meaning to the expression "musical blandness". If there is one thing SQ cannot be accused of, is lack of prolificness. It is fair to assume, however, that musical self-plagiarism is no stranger to it and is most certainly the reason which could explain it. That SQ managed to find record companies willing to release their records for so long, I find baffling. I always had a firm belief, though, that whoever buys their records, are not true music lovers. How appropriate that the Latin expression "Status Quo" means "the state of things". Indeed, the state of things as they are and have been, musically, for longer than I can remember. I once mentioned in one of my reviews, that the potential of this music to have a negative effect on one's health should not be underestimated. Coincidentally, one of SQ members has undergone heart bypass surgery, some time ago, either caused by excessive fry-up intake or, as I suspect, by the music itself. With this release, SQ will have been deceiving their fans for more than thirty years. Quite a feat.
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