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2 stars Supertramp - Crime of the Century (1974)

A became interested in the band Supertramp after I started listening to the Crisis album, which I really liked. The band has a crossover sound, combining pop as sweet as the sweetest of Beatles songs and intelligent song-writing and composition of the progressive movement. The arrangements are slightly symphonic.

'Crime of the Century' is often perceived as their best offering, as if it were their Dark Side of the Moon. In fact, both albums have a lot in common. Both are extremely accessible and have blow-away productions that are simply brilliant. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I think of this as the main reason why both album became such classics. Of course Supertramp got to be a major radio band with hits like School and Dreamer.

Let us call this a great pop record, but I'm baffled by how high this record ended up in our progressive rock charts. It isn't progressive at all and I can't say the musical style of Supertramp is brave, provoking or that sticky. The songs are all quite catchy and the sound is professional, but in the end it hasn't much more depth then one can expect from standard radio-rock. Furthermore, the kitsch vocal arrangements can be quite problematic and often I feel like Supertramp infests a lot of time in sounding silly.

Conclusion. This is a great pop album and the recording is plain brilliant. I myself am going to head on with albums that are more relevant for the progressive genre.

friso | 2/5 |


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