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Traffic

Traffic

1968

Traffic
Album Summary

Traffic is the second studio album by the English rock band of the same name, released in 1968 on Island Records in the United Kingdom as ILPS 9081T (stereo), and United Artists in the United States, as UAS 6676 (stereo). The album peaked at number 9 in the UK albums chart and at number 17 on the Billboard 200. It was the last album recorded by the group before their initial breakup. The album was somewhat of a departure from the psychedelia of Traffic's debut, featuring a more eclectic display of influences from blues to folk and jazz. It was voted number 312 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition.

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3.12

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Rock

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Wed Jul 26 2023
3

I have very important announcement to make: Traffic is the band that Grateful Dead fans think the Grateful Dead is.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
2

Traffic dares to beg the question: "What's worse than 70's boomer rock?" It's 60's boomer rock. I could see any one of these tracks being used in a movie that somehow makes it enjoyable. This is old bar music through and through. Another case of "It's not terrible, but not good either" This album started off ok, but it just keeps getting worse further in. I could listen to this if it was playing on a speaker in a building, but probably wouldn't like to be stuck in a car playing it on a road trip This is a strong 2/5 I think I'm becoming more jaded as this goes on...

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Wed Jul 12 2023
3

Ah, UK rock. Surprisingly I liked this album, songs did not sound the same which was a huge plus. But still felt like something that you'd just see in the clearance section. Not sure why it's on here.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
3

Traffic is a band that I'm aware of and could name one track from the band (not on this album), but I haven't listened to them much. I have seen others refer to Traffic as a band that they have enjoyed exploring, but I haven't been able to catch that spark to ignite my personal interest. I feel like my understanding of the band hasn't found its context in my personal listening experience or my understanding of where their music fits within pop culture. Overall, the album was okay. I listened to the extended version of the album and was fine with that. I think Joe Cocker has ruined "Feelin' Alright?" so that track is a drawback to the album. As long as I don't have to think about the lyrics to "Vagabond Virgin" I can round to 3 stars.

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Sun Apr 09 2023
5

Not sure why this particular Traffic album was chosen - hopefully some of the others will make an appearance later on. Very 1960's but hints of what's to come.

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Sat Apr 15 2023
5

For some reason never checked out this band, but this album sounded great. Good mix of rock, funk, and folk, and even some progressive rock that reminded me of early Genesis (especially on No Time to Live).

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Sat Apr 15 2023
5

Had expected to see Mr Fantasy in this list butthen we got JB Must Die, and now their second album appears. All three albums are 5 stars, but Mr Fantasy impressed me the most and hope it is still included in the list.

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Sat Apr 22 2023
5

10/10 all of Traffic’s albums are so creative and good, but done in such a fun, easy-listening kind of way

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Fri Jun 02 2023
5

Uskomaton albumi.. raskas....

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Fri Aug 04 2023
5

Great, great album. I’m starting to love this band so much! Very good mix of classic rock with a dash of prog and folk. And Steve Winwood is crazy talented. 8,5 out of 10

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Mon Aug 14 2023
5

Amazing blues rock album with the right amount of folk mixed in. Great range of instruments including flutes and organ add a unique sound that I think is quite ahead of it’s time. 9/10 but rounds up.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

I have never heard about Traffic more than a few words, and I don't think I listened to more than 1 or 2 songs. Now I'm in love with this album. It started so "standard", sounding like any other rock band from the '60s/70s, but it increased and doubled the bet on a strange (and familiar at the same time) mix of blues, classic rock, and a bit of experimentalism that really catches me. I hope to see more Traffic on the list since I got "John Barleycorn Must Die" some months ago, and it was far from the work I see here at this album.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
4

Shorter and poppier songs. Enjoyed it

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Tue Apr 11 2023
4

Certainly, some very strong tracks here. While there are also a few fillers. I think the overall sound of the band is ambitious and well balanced. Lots of tasty guitar riffs, piano Melodies and synchronized voices. The lyric writing is fun and the singing style commands attention at its best parts. There are some songs where all the weirdness, pop, and rock come together properly, but it appears they threw a little too much quality on this record and there’s no real need to stay spinning past the flip unless you’re a true fan on the jazzy, folksy, bluesy jams. Shanghai Noodly Factory is fun though.

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

Traffic accident. No survivors.

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

congratulations on making a harpsicord fit seamlessly into a modern format. the standard 60s fare is a bit boring but the rest of this is actually pretty strong.

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Sat Apr 15 2023
4

Some fun songs, some slightly duller ones

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Tue Apr 18 2023
4

Surprisingly jolly sounding album that doesn't blow you away but instantly put me in a good mood

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Thu Apr 27 2023
4

Some good songs. A few missses

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Thu May 04 2023
4

like listening to an easy listening oldies radio station. pretty cool how many genres this album represents, and there's some catchy stuff here! 3.75/5

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Sun May 21 2023
4

Tiene aaaltos temas la primera mitad del disco, seleccione como 5, despues decae un poco pero es muy bueno. Es como un rock-country.

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Wed May 24 2023
4

And the award for the worst band name ever goes to… Traffic! I haven’t heard of them before, but why would you name a band after rage-inducing street congestion? Each to their own, so let’s find out if the music is good. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring, Vagabond Virgin This was really good! It reminded be a fair bit of a lot of southern rock bands like 38 Special, so I was surprised to see they’re from Birmingham. To my ears they sound very American, but that would be me being wrong! The music is enjoyable here. There were no songs at all that I didn’t enjoy, but there were only a few that stood out as fantastic. Overall, a good album. Give it a try.

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Sat Jun 10 2023
4

This was a very well produced album featuring mostly blues rock. There were tinges of jazz and folk influence as well giving the music a more sophisticated sound. The songs felt balanced, well layered, and had an almost Grateful Dead like feeling of spontaneity though Traffic are a much tighter band (at least in the studio). Overall, the album was very light and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Sun Jun 11 2023
4

It seems I haven't given this band enough of a chance. I've thoroughly enjoyed both of their albums on this list. Need to do a deep dive on them. Best track: Cryin' to be Heard

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

Blues folk rock. Un megahit. Un 4.

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Sun Jun 25 2023
4

Like this! Esp the tracks for the soundtrack from 'Here we go round the mulberry bush!

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Wed Jul 05 2023
4

Cool mix of 60's blues and British rock. I miss the psychedelic aspects but this is still really cool. Has a nice variety of sounds.

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Wed Jul 12 2023
4

Jolly music :) Great drumming going on too

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Fri Jul 14 2023
4

A funky blend of rock, funk, prog, psychedelia, folk, etc. that all feels way ahead of its time. A fun time! Definitely surpassed my middling expectations. I would listen to this again, and even seek out more tracks from Traffic.

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Sun Jul 16 2023
4

Un bon album rock j aie la voix de winwood et les chansons en général sont top c'est pas loin du 5 mais 4.85

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Fri Jul 21 2023
4

Really enjoyed this one - the opening track was particularly fun but the rest was still a great mix of folk, prog, and blues

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Thu Jul 27 2023
4

Some really great slightly country-inflected classic rock!

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Sat Jul 29 2023
4

The eas way better than I thought it would be. Amazing, soulful blues rock

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Thu Aug 10 2023
4

Extremely well-done album. Each song is memorable in its own way and they all stick out. After all the repetitive albums I've gotten on this website, I"m so happy I got something genuinely original and exciting with each new song.

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Fri Aug 11 2023
4

first listen great stuff man

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Mon Aug 14 2023
4

The second half of this LP made for one of the more interesting musical sound-scapes I've been immersed in lately. Not my genre but definitely see why it made the list

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Sun Aug 20 2023
4

Surprisingly good. Nice psychedelic solos, all tracks are good

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

One of the five best Brit bands of the era. Another case of almost too much individual talent and not enough room per album to showcase it. Solid delivery of a great product

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Sat Aug 26 2023
4

I've always liked Traffic quite a bit, but not quite as much as my friend Mike who was in a band with me. Mike played keyboards and tried to sing like Steve Winwood. His favorite song to play was Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. One day Mike met this girl and fell in love. I can't remember her name but she was pretty wild. Mike would have threesomes with her and another girl and tell us all about it when we would get together for jam sessions. One night, Mike's girl showed up and hung out with us during our jam session. When she left to go get us some beer, Mike lashed out at our drummer, claiming he was flirting with Mike's girl and was planning to sleep with her. It put a damper on the whole evening and ultimately broke up the band. Mike got engaged to this girl but the morning of the wedding he called me up to tell me the wedding was canceled because they had gotten into a big fight and broken up. I haven't really talked to Mike much since then, I hope he's doing okay. Anyway, I've always liked Traffic but hadn't really listened to this album much. I honestly thought the song "Feelin' Alright?" was by Buffalo Springfield or CSNY - had no idea it was Traffic. This was good, but I think the following two albums - John Barleycorn Must Die and The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - are better. Still, I'm giving it 4 stars.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
4

A weaker 4 perhaps, but a 4 nonetheless.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
4

Folky group hit home with this CCR lover.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
4

I can't come up with a reason to make this album 3 stars. Great guitar playing. Educated writing. It's good stuff.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

Un álbum sumamente interesante que se adelantó a las tendencias del rock fusión de las siguientes décadas. Con una duración precisa y canciones atrapante, el homónimo de Traffic es sin duda un imprescindible de la música.

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

I never heard of them and I admit I came in skeptical, but this band captures a lot of what I love about 60s music: poetic lyrics, good vibes, harmonies, creativity, harpsichord… I enjoyed it!

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Fri Sep 15 2023
4

I really like Traffic because I've always felt they were unique and smart in their instrumentation and song craft. This self titled album was one I had placed on a list of music to check out and purchase years ago back before streaming had really taken off. I had forgotten about this and I'm glad I had the chance to check it out. Only really being familiar with John Barleycorn Must Die and onward, I was a bit surprised by how their sound had evolved. Dave Mason providing more psychedelic pop with Jim Capaldi and Steve Winwood focusing more on moody, introspective jamming. What I loved was hearing how these two dynamics (including voices) began to converge and take shape into places I didn't expect. It's a bit long winded, but this is a great collection of songs. For some reason this made me think of Robert Wyatt a little.

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Sun Sep 17 2023
4

honky-tonk beatlesque soft-rock? yes please

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

Traffic shreds in the beginning of this album before it cools down before Feeling Alright, which I didn't know was by Traffic and is a jam. The whole album is some great rock with a little bit of trippiness sprinkled in. I really want some Medicated Goo. It sounds delicious and that song was a bop

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Tue Apr 11 2023
3

Super close to a 4, and is probably a 4.5 with context. Extremely well produced and easy to listen to. There’s just not quite enough variation and the album is a little too long. Can’t believe it came out in ‘68

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Sat Apr 15 2023
3

Quel plaisir de voir que tout est rentré dans l'ordre, et que Robert nous propose de nouveaux albums insipides. C'est important de revenir aux bonnes vieilles habitudes !

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Sat Apr 15 2023
3

Traffic était déjà venu nous laisser un souvenir des plus périssables et remet le couvert avec ce projet déjà oublié.

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Sat Apr 15 2023
3

Fairly interchangeable rock album.

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Tue Apr 18 2023
3

A bit lengthy, but it is a good listen. Lots of musical diversity and influences. Loved the drumming in particular.

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Tue Apr 18 2023
3

All good fun, but at length (and with multiple outings with the band on this list) there is a tinge of dated nostalgia trip to it, and quite a lot of jammy meandering noodling.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
3

It was perfectly good. Moments of funkiness and progginess that I heartily enjoyed but nothing jumped out for me.

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Sat Apr 29 2023
3

Its all very chilled in a 60s hippy way but I like the thematic consistency of the album. Not that memorable. Simple pleasing stereo production and the odd dodgy lyrics. 3.5

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Tue May 02 2023
3

Fairly generic 60s rock. I didnt think it was anything amazing.

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Thu May 04 2023
3

I’ve had this one in my vinyl collection for a while, inherited from a girl I knew in high school, but have never drawn much joy from it. It has always fallen flat on my ears despite knowing the acclaim it has garnered. There is a complexity and depth here, but I haven’t been able to unlock it. Mason’s songs are stronger I think, but Joe Cocker took Feelin Alright and made it a song, whereas the Traffic version is just a sketch. Some songs are straight up annoying (Pearly Queen). Will revisit again I’m sure, but just ain’t doin it for me.

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Sun May 07 2023
3

Very nice mixture of the genres. At first song I thought it would gonna be just another "country" album, but it wasn't. Funk, folk, jazz... Pleasure to the ears.

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Mon May 08 2023
3

Again, a decent listen. Quite enjoyed it.

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Mon May 15 2023
3

Very typical 60s rock. Enjoyable but nothing very special

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Sun May 21 2023
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Feeling alright, Crying to be geard

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Fri May 26 2023
3

Some cool songs. Sounds like a mix of The Rolling Stones, Hendrix, and the zombies. The album just get like a collection of songs and didn’t have a good flow to it, which is important for me.

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Mon May 29 2023
3

Blues rock sur fond de Roland Garros, ou peut-être l'inverse ?

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Mon May 29 2023
3

Love Traffic, but I don't think this is them at their best

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Thu Jun 01 2023
3

Interesting to hear where that song Feelin' Alright comes from. Otherwise it was OK, but can't see myself revisiting

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Wed Jun 07 2023
3

Drifting away from their psychedelic debut, Traffic takes on a more jammy blues rock sound. We still do have a bit of the psychedelic with the groovy "40.000 Headman" and "Cryin to be Heard". Several forgettable songs, but most failed to have a very lively sound. Several highlights, including the hit "Feelin Alright" and the Hendrix-esque guitar work of the first 2 tracks.

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Sun Jun 11 2023
3

Listenable late '60s folky bluesy pop rock. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Feelin' Alright Date listened: 10/06/23

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Mon Jun 12 2023
3

Lots of tasty jammy crossover up front, relative slide into trope on the back side. Traffic make more of an impression on me here, and remain respectably distinct.

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Sun Jun 18 2023
3

Beetje bluesy, psychedelische rock. Wel oké

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Thu Jun 22 2023
3

I wasn't familiar with the band, but recognized Feelin' Alright? The music still sounds good, impressive for 1969. Favorite song was Cryin' To Be Heard. 3.5

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Thu Jun 22 2023
3

Pretty good old school rock. The production sounds really good still after all this time. Sounds pretty much exactly like what you'd expect from this era. Performances are good though and it sounds like they are having fun rocking out Score: 70 Art: 60

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Wed Jun 28 2023
3

I've been looking to explore Traffic again so this was a nice push. The album is a bit scattered in a way I really like. Shows how many influences they had and leads to the direction they would go in. Definitely a front runner in Progressive Rock. 3.5/5

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Wed Jul 12 2023
3

This was a pretty cool album, our second from Traffic but still not a band that I'd say I know. They sound like a lost or forgotten player in the classic rock scene. Some really fun tracks on here; I had the album on while doing some housework and it was perfect for that. Wish I could say there was more that stuck with me but regardless, it was enjoyable front to back. Good listening for sure. Favorite tracks: You Can All Join In, Don't Be Sad, Vagabond Virgin. Album art: Band photo, these guys look funny. Man in the cowboy hat is my favorite, I just know he's got a dark secret. 3.5/5

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Wed Jul 12 2023
3

Bil 🚗 trafik lol!! Nä men bill

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Thu Jul 13 2023
3

Lots of musical variability, but every song sounded very 1970

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Thu Jul 13 2023
3

Another enjoyable album by Traffic

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Tue Jul 25 2023
3

First couple of tracks made me think this was gonna be pretty uninteresting generic blues-appropriating British rock of the era, but side B got a little more proggy and to my tastes. Fave tracks - "Cryin' to be Heard" and "No Time To Live"

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Tue Jul 25 2023
3

I wasn't sure where this was going at first but when Feelin' Alright? kicked in I was back in familiar territory. I enjoyed some of the crazy turns it took like Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush and Shanghai Noodle Factory.

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Tue Jul 25 2023
3

Pretty average but not bad. This is what I expected from a rock album from the late 60s.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
3

Pretty cool, some nice funk, some psych rock, interesting album.

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Fri Aug 04 2023
3

Tämmöstä listalle aika tyypillistä rockia taas, ehkä vähän keskimääräistä enemmän omaan makuun. 3/5

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Fri Aug 04 2023
3

Traffic by Traffic sounds like music rushing to leave the sixties and heading straight for the seventies. Folk rock sits alongside a heavier prog rock sound. Perhaps this gives the record a sense it is neither one thing nor the other? There are glimpses of Winwood’s talent throughout but it never quite takes off.

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