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Be Bop Deluxe - Sunburst Finish CD (album) cover


Be Bop Deluxe


Crossover Prog

3.72 | 72 ratings

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2 stars Prog 'N' Roll

The music of Be Bop Deluxe is similar to that of Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie and early Roxy Music. What makes this acceptable from a Prog perspective is the high level of musicianship, the occasional and short keyboard solos and the fact that the tracks flow into each other like on some of Queen's best albums. (Ironically, the same year as Sunburst Finish was released Queen released A Day At The Races, an album that ended the tradition of having the tracks flow into each other).

All this creates an acceptable and sometimes even quite enjoyable mix of straightforward Rock 'N' Roll and Pop with some progressive aspirations; Art Rock ('N' Roll) is perhaps a better description. The songs considered in themselves are hardly progressive, but the unity of the whole and the diversity of the album makes it, as I said, acceptable. We find here a nice balance between rockers and ballads and there are only a few weak moments.

The often crooning vocals are an acquired taste and sometimes remind of Brian Ferry of Roxy Music. The lyrics are sometimes full of Rock 'N' Roll clichés like the silly Fair Exchange. Some similarities with 10cc can also be detected.

Sunburst Finish is high quality, arty Rock 'N' Roll with slight progressive leanings. Recommended for those who feel attracted to that kind of music.

Two (and a half) stars

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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