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Crime Of The Century

Supertramp

1974

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Crime Of The Century

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3.44

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The intersection of prog and yacht rock, with Pink Floyd influences doing the heavy lifting. Couple of hits; indulgent.

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If you were to say this album kills I’d say “you’re bloody well right”.

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I tried. I promise I tried, but couldn’t find any that interest me in this album

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Yeah that was an album that happened

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This is the kind of stuff I associate with bad Prog-Rock. Really don't care for any of it, not my thing.

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Come on guys! I mean seriously! Some tracks are nearly interesting prog, then bland soft rock moments kick in. I don’t think there’s a single track that I find good start to finish. And some of the longer tracks are really boring. Dreamer is OK if a touch longer than needed. Not a super album.

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A couple of decent tracks but the rest is a meandering mess of self-indulgence. Not a patch on their later masterpiece: Breakfast in America.

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It was ok. Kind of boring and dragged.

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p325. 1974. 2 stars Straight up I have to say I have always hated Roger Hodgson's voice. Every time he opens his mouth I just want to punch him to make him shut it. It's like chalk being drawn down a board. I also don't like electric piano, which is a major part of the band sound. And somehow the cheesy sax makes things 10 times worse. So, this album starts at a major disadvantage. Shame really as musically its OK, tight clean production, but suffers badly from prog-rock wank solo pretentions. And as usual with mid 70s albums, a lot of the songs outstay their welcome. Well done of its kind, and some good tunes, but that voice and tinkly piano... ffs. 2 stars.

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Knew a few songs not impressed

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A comprehensive lesson that no matter how many pro forma riffs, piano tinklings and horns you squash together, they're still pro forma. But a lesson no one needed.

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5

Inspired album and their peak. Eta d's up well after all the years.

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5

Always a great day for some Tramp

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5

This one will go on the regular rotation

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5

Great listen, great prog rock

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5

Really promising album need to listen more but really liked it first listen through

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5

Supertramp just stands out as having their own sound during a time when so much music sounded the same. This album is fantastic.

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5

I’ve always listened to their singles, but this album is singlehandedly the best i’ve heard supertramp ever. amazing.

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Epic, some Pink Floyd in there but i think it’s just the theme and the vocals

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5

Un des meilleurs albums au monde, évidemment!

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5

I knew a lot more of these songs that I thought I would. This is one of those bands that I've heard the name a lot but would never be able to name a song by them. Favorite so far (I know we have a long way to go).

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5

I love it

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5

Pretty good - 5/5 bowls of bolognaise

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5

Really, really good. Loved it.

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5

This album is amazing! My most favorite track is Rudy (it's so 70s) and I hella love the temp changes. I also really like If Everyone Was Listening and Dreamer. Sick sounds, would listen again.

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5

Brilliant. Loved from the first time I heard.

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Астрологи объявили неделю максимализма, так что ставлю 5. Возможно, возник сильный контраст с прошлым альбомом, но даже и без него чуется, что тут мы слышим то, что именуется настоящей музыкой. Насыщенной, комплексной, гармоничной, эмоциональной, разнообразной, цепляющей... вот это вот всё. Конечно, несколько прослушиваний для оценки прог- альбома обычно маловато. Но тут осознаю, что как минимум первый и последний трек прям залипалово годное. Да ёбаный в рот, в списке это пока первый исполнитель вне моего жёсткого диска, с кем бы хотелось ознакомиться поближе. Возможно, с неоправданными ожиданиями, возможно, с разочарованием, но это уже не так важно.

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5

One of my first vinyls and my intro to prog rock. Love it to bits

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5

Great album top to bottom. School, bloody well right, Asylum and so on. Great instrumentals on piano, harmonica, guitar etc accompanied by big vocals ands sharp lyrics. Will definitely revisit this for some new favorite ST songs.

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5

Really enjoyed this one. Lots of cool instruments and sounds. Will definitely listen again. Hard to pick a favourite track, this feels like an album you should listen to all the way through in order. For now I'll pick Bloody Well Right.

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5

New one! Starts off with a western harmonica, cool! Very rocky, yet very chill. Might add it to my Library. Added it to my library. Full of good prog-rock with some rarely heard instruments, at least in rock :D

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5

Never listened to Supertramp before and loved this

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4.5/5 Really nice album Some good songs

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5

Solid

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5

This really is one of the greatest albums ever written. I just can't get enough of it. Every song is perfectly crafted. Asylum is such a great song, the build up and progression of madness is sublime. Bloody Well Right is a banger to bang all the bangers. The rest are just plain excellent.

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5

Well, this goes without saying this is definitely one of the best albums of all time. It is varied and intersting music, and reminds me of my childhood so much. My dad loves Supertramp and it was always on in the car

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One of my first "Favorite Albums". I've loved this thing since I was 11 years old. It was one of my first Amazon purchases, back when they just had books and cds. On a personal level, I feel like it still holds up. It's hard to choose between Bloody Well Right and Dreamer as my favorite. I think I could listen to the musical intro for Bloody Well Right on repeat forever until I die. Every other track is a classic in my eyes (ears?)

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Viejardo y buenardo

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Amazing

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5

What a great pro album. More towards pop than rock and lacking a bit guitar but that gets made up by that great sounding keyboard being prominent

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One of the best albums I have listened to in the experiment. Great dynamics and flow within a great run time. The melodies are balanced so well with the effective instrumentation. A perfect prog album.

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SUPER TRAMPO!

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Utterly brilliant album! I grew up listening to this as from an early age I had access to my older sister's record collection. Then she and the album moved out of the house in the early 80s and for whatever reason CRIME OF THE CENTURY and I failed to ever reunite again. Hearing "School" again instantly took me back and I realized how much I LOVE this album! I'd spent lots of time over the years with Supertramp's BREAKFAST IN AMERICA album or their greatest hits collections, but for whatever reason forgot about this album. The big hits ("Bloody Well Right", "Dreamer", "Crime of the Century") I heard frequently since the 80s, but the other tracks had disappeared from memory. Oh CRIME OF THE CENTURY will you ever forgive me for neglecting you?! What an incredible album this is! And how much have I missed the deep cuts of this album! As soon as I heard them it was like being reunited with a long-lost friend. I am kicking myself for all the lost years! So so so so good as an album! The hits are 100 times better in context. Today I fell back into an even deeper love with this incredible album. Thank you for reuniting me with this amazing record!

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5

This is one that really needs to be experienced with headphones. The dynamic range is wide and listening on speakers I was either straining to hear or clamoring to turn it down. With the headphones, I got more of the subtle sounds and some nice stereo effects. Before this, I was really only familiar with Supertramp's singles and mostly those that featured Roger Hodgson singing lead. That made it hard to fit songs like longtime favorite Bloody Well Right into the Supertramp space in my brain. Listening to this album helped with that, giving me a wider perspective of their work. I enjoyed this record a lot. Most of the songs exceed five and a half minutes and don't stay in one place --- songs I didn't entirely love had parts that I did. Some of the pieces and their theatricality brought to mind Queen and Elton John of the same era. (In fact, parts of Asylum sound so much like Tiny Dancer, that it must be an homage.) I've never really liked the song Dreamer before but I loved it today. Today I recognized a little countermelody near the end and it took a minute to place --- Rodger Hodgson included it as part of the soundscape introduction to his 1984 solo single Had a Dream, another of my favorites. And that glockenspiel at the end! Yes! Glad to have listened to this for the songs I knew and the songs that were new to me. Lots to dig into here and it definitely makes me want to hear more from Supertramp.

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Supertramp!

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5

Great album, really strong start with the first 3 tracks, Rudy good in the middle and then Crime of the Century brings it to a great close.

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5

Fodasso. Mil vezes melhor que uma coletânea.

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I remember this album was still massively popular throughout the 80s and of course for good reasons: classic album from the 70s when Supertramp released a whole string of these perfect popalbums.

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5

J'adore

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5

What an introduction. Davies' wailing harmonica was so good, they used that instrument as the main intro to side two of Breakfast. "School" shows us exactly where they were in '74 - bridging the gap between prog and pop. What follows is a great album, showing us some serious rock, those Wurlitzer pianos, some thumping good rhythm, and a balance between art, rock and pop that few bands have managed. Somehow Hodgson's voice doesn't annoy, while Davies always has that extra bit of bite that makes him one of my favourites. Then it finishes with those piano chords! Simple, unadorned, powerful, memorable. So what do you do? Turn it over and listen again. Oh yes.... probably the best cover of any album, ever.

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5

Classic Supertramp here, wonderful mild MOR Prog Rock with some excellent tunes my Favourite being "School" "Rudy" "Hide In Your Shell" but there isn't a bad track on this Album. I remember the first time I heard this album, it was 1975 in a friends bedroom and we sat pondering on what the words to Rudy and "Bloody Well Right" were all about... Ah twas such a simpler time! Now the lyrics of songs need no debate!

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5

miam on mange trop bien

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5

Absolutely great!

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5

Fucking great. Fuck everyone else's opinion.

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School är toppen. Resten också bra. Som Queen, kanske t.om bättre?!

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4

Pop rock, Supertramp, classic. Not my jam.

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4

This was pretty solid. I had been wanting to get into Supertramp for ages, but now I have a reason to!

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4

Disco maravilhoso, muito bom!

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Surprisingly nice!

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4

Great tunes.

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Great tunes.

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4

really good

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4

det här var förbaskat bra!

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4

Massively enjoyable album. I felt a lot of emotion throughout. I don’t know for sure what story the album was telling, but it was well told that’s for sure.

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Spændende album. Lidt teatralsk og fortællende. En blanding mellem pink Floyd, Queen og Ziggu stardust. Vil høre igen

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Some really great, fun tracks on here, especially Asylum - very up my street. I can't decide, either I really like Supertramp, or I hate Iron Maiden so much I was just relieved not to have to sit through another one.

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4

Very enjoyable listening experience. Deserving of its place on this list. This was the first time I ever really listened to this band but am curious about their other works.

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Very good fucking record.

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Cool album funky fun

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This is the reason I started doing this 1001 albums thing in the first place. I feel like my music exposure is very limited and I'm sure there are lots of artists out there that I'd never actually give a chance. I'm worried a bit that I like this one BECAUSE I've panned the others so hard but I do feel like FINALLY we have an album I'd listen to again of my own free will. I especially liked "Dreamer" and "Rudy" but I bet on after a couple more playthroughs I'd like a few others too. I don't know that I loved this album but I do feel like this is something that I could enjoy while partaking. I think I'm gonna go listen to Supertramp greatest hits.

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Fav Song: Bloody Well Right

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Don’t remember much of this album. Not because it was bad, but because I fell asleep listening to it on the bus. I think it was pretty great actually.

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better than I thought! uk crossover contemp rock 1970s

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Some solid jams in there. I never listened to Supertramp intentionally before, but found that I already knew a handful of those songs.

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Nice to have heard once more. Two song that are top Spupertramp songs to me. School and Dreamer.

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I used to think Supertramp only did weird, quirky music like the Logical song, which would've been hard for a full albums worth. But this was a very pleasant surprise. Dude can really tinkle the ivories

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Stabiler vibe

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Love the Tramp

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4

Great album! Think I like this better than Breakfast in America!!

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Had never listened to this full album before. Liked it more than I would have expected.

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Yessir

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I liked it alot. Bloody well right is a classic.

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Definitely heard of Supertramp, didn’t realize they did “Give a Little Bit.” This album started off sooo strong, with School and Bloody Well Right, I was honestly amazed and thinking it could be a 5 star if the momentum kept up. Unfortunately it wasn’t all so powerful. Still a great prog rock album, and I’ll celebrate it for those two opening tracks because damn they were fantastic. Certainly wouldn’t mind more from this group, this went down smooth. Favorite tracks: School, Bloody Well Right, If Everyone Was Listening. Album art: I’ve never even seen this before but I genuinely love it. It looks amazing. The constellation font, the disembodied bars and hands. Really, really great cover. If the album were a bit better I’d want to buy it. 4/5

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Solide album que je vais certainement réécouter à l'avenir. L'intro est excellente pour partir un cd et la suite garde la même niveau de qualité. Innovant sans tomber dans le Weird just pour être weird. Mon hit: Je vais y aller avec la foule et dire Dreamer

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I acknowledge that Supertramp can come off as kind of cheesy sometimes do to the production, but I have always really enjoyed them. Some really excellent musicianship and honestly the have some really unique ideas. Really fun to listen to an album of theirs I had never heard before. Favorite tracks: “If Everyone Was Listening” and “Crime of the Century”

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Kinda funky swag

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I wish I was high on a very comfortable sofa with my eyes closed soaring through imaginary galaxies riding on the space waves of supertramp. I've just realised the album cover is very appropriate for this dream. Maybe I'm onto something?

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4

Solid album but not really any standouts for me but no bad songs either.

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ce groupe culte au québec fut fort étonné a ses débuts d'etre tant apprécier par des francophones qui leur ont permis un gros succes commercial ce sont tous des étudiant du conservatoire et nous avons ouvert notre soirée de noce par une de leur tounne

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4

Interesting musically and structurally. Some cool instrumentation. A little jazzy, but rock.

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Wow. This album is definitely from the 70s. ‘Bloody Well Right’ made me giggle in a good way. ‘Dreamer’ made me feel optimistic which is hard to come by these days. Best track for me has to be ‘Rudy’ though, some fun trippy Prince/Bowie-esque space travel vocals at the half-way mark that ascends into a funky AF string section, via some Miami Vice guitar shizz. I like how unpredictable it is, very-not-Iron-Maiden. Two dongs, way up.

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Opening thought: this is the perfect boat rock album

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Très bon album, ça s’écoute bien Je l’évite rien de particulier Je lévite school dreamer

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Un gran clásico. Buenas melodías y ritmos. Pop contagioso

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Dreamer y school

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Not bad... has elements of Zepplin? and the Police

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Possibly the most 70s sounding album of all time

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4

Some great shit.

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Spurs were so shit I actually wasn't able to really have any meaningful thoughts on this but I liked it. 7.5/10

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J’ai adoré. Doit être encore meilleur en live show!

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Enjoyed this a lot, I quite like prog rock on the whole but normally get irritated by its pompous nonsense, this album leans more into pop than 'bloat' though so was much better. Dreamer is still a shitty track though

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This isn't your "Breakfast In America" Supertramp! This is your prog rock, big sound Supertramp. Still theatrical and fun, but it takes a slightly more nuanced sound here. Admittedly not familiar with their older stuff, but happy to have listened to it. Songwriting is the real standout. Check out "Bloody Well Right"

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4

Excellent! Satisfying funky parts. Overdriven rhythm guitar against cleaner funk guitar sounds good together. Saxes, wind and piano make it all jazzy and joyful, but there are still plenty of sombre and ominous moments. British vocalist sounds great, and backing chorus jumping is fun when it happens. Makes good use of effects and synths. Remastered percussion sounds surprisingly high quality for a recording done in the 80s recording. "Hide in Your Shell" is memorable with it's sax melody in the chorus. "Asylum" has a really desparate but cathartic chorus from the singer. "Dreamer" is very jovial and energetic, with plenty of instruments involved. "Rudy" is more rock than jazz, without the brass, but then ends on an ominous note with violins. A great album, and plenty of variety in mood, tone and texture. But overall, quite uplifting.

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4

Sick album, I loved this.

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In my mind a concept album, and a great one a that. One of the best openings of an album, ever.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: School, Bloody Well Right, Hide In Your Shell Cutting Edge: Crime Of The Century Overall Notes: The first three songs are really really good, but it loses its steam as it goes on. The definition of a 3.5 star album, but i'll round up to a 4 because the first three songs are incredible.

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4

Great album…. Love this Group!!!

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4

Nice album with a very distinctive sound. I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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4

Classic.

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Folky rock - perky and upbeat

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нда, ну опять 70-е. больше семидесятых, народ требует. ну бох с ними, пусть будут. тем более жгучую боль при виде цифр 1, 9 и 7 сгладила довольно прикольная облога. Я даже понадеялся, что будет какой-то угарный спейс-рок, но, конечно, зря. Хотя элементы тут есть, проглядывают, особенно на последней песне, очень всё волшебно звучит под конец. Да и альбом в своей целостности является скорее хайлайтом. Начало довольно бодрое и интересное, тоже ребята не скупились на эксперименты. Но затем, примерно с третьей песни, Супертрамп начал меня терять. Даже со скидкой на устаревание такой музыки время от времени слух выхватывал какие-то идеи, которые мне совсем не близки были. Так продолжалось до Dreamer, на котором я уже всерьёз подумал, что мб забить и послушать какой-нить оперейшн майндкрам заместо (которого, кстати, в этом списке нет). Но сразу же после Дримера внезапно группа вернулась в прежнюю форму и выдала довольно качественную финальную секцию альбома. Посему, сделав скидку на время и в целом превалирующее чувство удовлетворенности, готов выдать этому альбому чек на одну семёрку и обещание как-нибудь вернуться и послушать спустя время. 7/10

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4

Right up my street. What I imagine as David Bowie, Queen, Yes and Grateful Dead are mashed together.

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4

Jeremy Clarkson's favourite album

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4

44 min, nice, not every album needs to be close to an hour long. No extra versions either <3 OH OKAY IT STARTED for real @ 1:49. Music is so nice who needs lyrics. Overall pretty nice!

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4

nice to get familiar with an album from a band i've always enjoyed.

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4

Interesting progressions in the character of each song

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4

A good prog rock album that I enjoyed. Didn't think I'd enjoy too much from this era but here we are. The woodwind instruments were a nice surprise throughout and fit in quite well. It's a nice listen and I think it would sound awesome on vinyl. Best: School, Asylum Worst: Rudy

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4

A great way to start this project. I’ve never heard of this band or this album, but after the first play through I thoroughly enjoyed every track. It started out strong and leveled out in the middle tracks but finished with a bang in the final 3.

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4

I for sure need to give this one a few more listens, and I will do so. I think it's cool, Lots of what I feel like are Classics. I never listened to this as a album though. For sure just heard them in passing and absolutely enjoyed them in that vein.

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// Favs: School / Hide In Your Shell / Dreamer / Crime Of The Century Score: Decent 4

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Well this was a nostalgic ride. I had never listened to the album on a good system until now. This was one of the first albums I loved as a 12 year old. Just like then I had to listen to Hide in your shell twice. What a song. Allmusic.com had it right...4 🌟

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Well this was a nostalgic ride. I had never listened to the album on a good system until now. This was one of the first albums I loved as a 12 year old. Just like then I had to listen to Hide in your shell twice. What a song. Allmusic.com had it right...4 🌟

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4

Really good.

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Brilliant. Heard it before

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Crime of The Century is quite dominated by the pop refrains (like Dreamer) , which were still painted with the harmonic complexities and sounds of progressive-rock. (7/10) Favourite Songs: Dreamer, Crime of the Century

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Bloody Well Right is the only song I knew. I do like the quirky style of this band. The lead vocalist is so distinct. Story songs, very experimental mixing of instruments. Easy listening tracks but never stray too far from the rock.

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4

Haven't heard it all through yet, but I will. And so far it's a five. What I thought Pink Floyd would sound like.

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muy buena música, un álbum muy interesante

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Man, this is a solid album from start to finish. King crimson vibes, but not as weird.

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God start, men klarte ikke å opprettholde nivået gjennom albumet. Ble også litt FOR britiske vokaler inne i mellom

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4

I do love a bit of Prog-rock. Love the building up in the songs. Dreamer and School are just great fun songs

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4

Frábær plata.

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Good, enjoyed it. Can't really remember any of the songs in particular.

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Supertramp is a pretty weird band to me. They keep getting suggested to me on Spotify playlist because Spotify believes I should really like them. Sometimes I do, but sometimes their songs really annoy me and I skip them. Anyway, first time I'm listening to an entire album by them and it still feels sort of weird to me. Like I almost like them really much and they're almost exactly my cup of tea, but then something is slightly off and it makes them simply OK instead of awesome. I think this is a 3.5 for me. I'll round it up because I really like the ambitiousness of this album, which I didn't get as much of a sense of on the individual tracks I've heard by them.

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4

Qué bandototota es supertrampo

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4

leuk leuk leuk

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4

Bastante agradable.

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Rock setentero. Está bien.

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4

Une belle découverte, meilleur que j'aurais pensé. Définitivement à réessayer et réessayer Blonde.

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This album makes a case for two of my pet theories: 1) bands thrive when they have at least two songwriters with widely different sensibilities in the group, and 2) bands tend to produce their best work when they spend alot of time together in a remote location in the country/woods. This album is a wonderful balance of melodic pop sheen and just the right amount of rock umph. All packaged in sophisticated prog structures with some really nice atmospheric touches throughout. Sure sounds like a concept album even though it may not be one.

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4

Supertramp is always a good choice

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4

Loved it

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Nice piano notes,piano melodies were interesting too

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4

7/10. Pretty good.

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8/10 overall enjoyable, although I don’t think all the songs needed to be so long

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Good listen!

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Magnific. I love "Hide In Your Shell".

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Supertramp

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Prog rock, solid music.

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Super weird but I dug it. Listened to it a couple of times and may come back to it. Was hard to describe, in a good way.

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4/5

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Puts the rock (and pop) in prog rock. A very accessible entry into the genre, this album isn't as heavy on jazz, classical, or straight-up weird techniques that bands like Yes, King Crimson, ELP, or other prog bands had been utilizing earlier in the decade. This is really accessible to public audiences, with a reliance on formulas in rock and blues that have already been well-established, not the slightest bit excessive or pretentious. Songs are a good length. 8 tracks that are each well crafted and dedicated to their time. The longest track is 7:20, allowing songs to have plenty of experimentation and transitions without tiring the audience. It's kinda crazy that their breakout hit "Bloody Well Right" not only happened this album (as opposed to Breakfast in America), but that it hit 35 on the Hot 100. Favorites: School, Rudy, Crime of the Century

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7,5/10

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great 4

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These guys are doing things that are uncommon even nowadays. The melodies and rhythms are often odd but in a surprisingly pleasant way.

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Supertramp is great, overshadowed by later albums but still awesome

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I loved hearing this album. Superb musicians playing tightly crafted songs.

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4/5. Shit had bangers, but BRUH they can be annoying

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First time listening to Supertramp. Great instrumentals, reminiscent of Yes, Genesis, and other prog bands. Good stuff. Favorite song: Asylum

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I was a big fan of Supertramp in the early '80s, having bought their albums "Famous Last Words" and "Brother Where You Bound" when they came out, and being very familiar with "Breakfast in America" and their previous 70s hits. I've been thinking about how they had slipped somewhat out of my consciousness since then and how happy I was to hear them again. It was really great to listen to an album early in their success. I always enjoyed "Bloody Well Right" and "Dreamer," and the rest was a lovely discovery. But I can't help but be itching to listen to some of their subsequent work.

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I prefer the poppier sound of "Breakfast in America", but this isn’t bad. This is one of those albums that squeaks by into my collection.

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Pretty good

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Don't think I've ever listened to Supertramp before - I was expecting some fairly straight ahead classic rock, but they're actually pretty proggy! Could probably do with a few more listens, but yeah, I enjoyed it. Fave track - "Crime of the Century", I think? I liked the opener "School", and the oddness of "Bloody Well Right" too, heh

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Excellent. 4/5 Standouts: School, Bloody Well Right, Dreamer Others: Hide in Your Shell, Asylum, Rudy, Crime of the Centrury.

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I had almost forgotten about these guys. This album was a radio favorite with Dreamer, School, Bloody Well Right. Piano pop with a bit of a prog edge. Holds up pretty well after all these years. They had a very distinctive sound… maybe the Spoon of the 70’s? Probably not….

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Like a cross between Elton John and Pink Floyd. I enjoyed this and will listen to more.

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Those Transatlantics recorded with these hippy dudes in the woods near Mt. Pleasant once. I think it was called Woodshop Studio. Anyway, they were really pushing Supertramp on me. The one guy made me a CD-R containing every Supertramp record in low-quality MP3 format. I never really listened to it. This is a great record. The sound. The grooves. The vocals. I don't know where it fits in their catalog, but it has to be a peak moment, right? I expected a lot more cheese. But this is music deserving of a serious listen. I like how there are delicate and quiet interludes/breaks, broken up by meaty crunched out choruses. A band with a lot of instrumental depth. The first two tracks are paced in a way that makes it clear a serious listen (not while working) is warranted. I'll return for another listen, without a doubt.

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4-, really interesting melodies, I think that album was a fresh thing back in 1974, progressive rock at it's finest

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Did not have Goodbye Stranger but still good

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pretty damn good.

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Rock setentero. Está bien. Un 4.

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Criminally good

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Decent. It's interesting that I will listen to long, exploratory / progressive songs from some bands and love them (Pink Floyd, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater sometimes) but it's not universal, I didn't have much patience for the drawn out musical movements on this album, or other bands like Yes. Huh.

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C'est oui !

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4.4 - This is a rare prog rock record I really enjoyed and could see myself revisiting. Similar to other records in the genre, there's loads of production but despite the bombast, Supertramp exhibits something that eludes many other prog rock acts: restraint. Movements within songs feel cohesive to the whole. Relative to other prog rock records, instrument layers aren't crammed on top of one another. Rather, they are arranged strategically to accentuate melodies against a relatively spare background. I use the word "relative" frequently here because, again, there's still plenty of prog rock excess. Still, the record comes together nicely as a continuous 45 minute listen.

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What a surprise. A fun listen. Who knew prog-pop was good? (Lots of people, I'm sure)

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Very cool album. I thought it would be straight up funk but this is more blues rock with a funk and disco influence.

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Good mama

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Hell yeah

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Great album

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4, i like

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Dad pop, though I didn't recognize it as such when Dad showed it - at least Bloody Well Right and Dreamer - to me. In context, even those sillier tracks fit nicely into the Anglo class despair framework: The lyrical material is the right amount of dark, if sometimes a bit brief. Wurlitzer's appearance was appreciated as always, with jazzy touches not much worse than some of the best I've seen. Dynamic range comes through in a big way on the remaster.

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Much better than expected. Reminded me of early days Elton John.

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This was quite an charming album featuring thought provoking lyrics, expansive arrangements and complex time signatures. It's a record to play in the evening when you want to drift off somewhere. I enjoyed the 70s prog keyboard sounds and the way the bass lines add to suspense and the feeling of space. There's lots of drama and theatrical performance (the lead singer has a good vocal range). The best tracks are the quirky numbers 'The Logical Song' and 'Dreamer', but oddly these shorter uptempo pop songs almost seem out of step with the rest of the album. Overall, it's enjoyable if you listen closely and give each track a chance to unfold. And the cover is quite fitting for the spacey sounds within.

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It's good!

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I've never liked the Supertramp songs I've heard on the radio, too squeaky clean or something. ESPECIALLY that dreamer song. The rest of the album isn't too bad though, just the poppier end of 70s prog I guess. 3/5.

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4/30 An excellently produced musical. Standout Tracks: School, Rudy, Crime of the Century

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good

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Weird but cool. May revisit as it’s got a lot going on.

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A not bad record.

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Meh

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ja nice niet baanbrekend gewoon wel prima! 3/5

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What a weird little album. Very 1970s. I'm struggling to find much to say about it, despite the fact that I'm enjoying it. The pianos are excellent and always mixed in well. It's very cinematic, but for that reason this album also sort of fades into the background. At times it sounds like a more poppy Pink Floyd. 3/5

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Cool, but not wow.

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Mystical whimsy. Rudy was the best song on here.

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A little surprised by how much I liked this one.

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Mellow, middle of the road listen. Not something I'd listen to regularly, but I liked the transition in \"School.\"

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Couldn't ever tell if I liked it or thought it was hokey.

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V good

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Again, good listen but nothing amazing

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good

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Ok

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Daorinha, achei q seria tipo synthpop ou sla new wave kkkkk eh prog se pá, de primeira nao muito se sobressaiu... Tirando os saxofones, a última música eh a melhor

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I generally liked the tone of the album, but found myself only replaying the first track, ,'School', over any of the others.

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Average... 3 Stars

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Vocals are a bit precious. It's just blah. Not for me. A lot of white 70s rock in this book.

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It was good but not mind blowing.

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oh, right (bloody well right!)...THAT album. nice to hear the rest of it beyond just that one single.

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Prog rock Bloody well right Keys/synth 70s

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Kinda goofy. It's alright. 6/10

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I got bored with a couple of tracks and it's not their best but really enjoyable overall.

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There were many points throughout the album where it was so close to being excellent, but it never quite hit the mark.

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ok

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Not my thing so much but good to run too

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A very interesting album to end the week on. I really like the album cover and there were times I felt trapped in space listening to this but something about it I liked. I really liked Bloody Well Right, too.

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For some reason I’d always thought Supertramp were a sub-Bee-Gees, disco outfit, so now I feel a bit musically embarrassed. Still not sure it’s my bag though. Mark Twain said that “if you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait five minutes”. I often feel the same way about prog, but in reverse. A song will start and you think it’s going to be amazing but then it goes on for too long and goes through so many changes that by the end it bares no resemblance to the song that you really liked at the beginning. This album had a bit of that going on. Didn’t hate it but just felt like it added up to less than the sum of its parts for me.

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This is quite cool! I like the Rhodes playing.

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Only managed to listen passively. Liked what I heard, but it didn’t jump out. Will go back and hopefully not have to regret my score later!

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Enjoyed the first half of this but felt the second went a bit weird and was almost waiting for it to finish by the end.

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Enjoyed the majority of this although it crossed over to prog rock a bit too much. I’d never really thought of Supertramp as a prog rock band, but I suppose they are in a way. Some really good tunes on here and it’s a close call between 3 and 4 stars.

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Glad to have discovered these guys. Will listen to more. Knew the name and now realise I know some of their hits. No recognisable hits on this album but enjoyable nonetheless

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Enjoyed this, musicianship is really good they're obviously a talented bunch, it did lose me a little in parts so it's just shy of a 4* for me but a strong 3* for sure

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false

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I liked this a good bit. Didn't pay attention nearly enough to latch onto specific songs other than the two I saved, but did really enjoy those two - the sax on "hide in your shell" is fucking awesome. Could definitely come back to this one and like it even more Saved: Hide In Your Shell, Crime Of The Century

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Sounds more recent that it actually is. Chill prog rock I can get behind.

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Relaxing background music

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I’ve never been left so confused by an album. So many different sounds and styles. The album starts well enough and finishing strongly too. Somewhere in the middle it gets incredibly irritating and I feel I’m at a Broadway show that I’ve been dragged along to again my will. But the album is just interesting enough to make me want to go back and give it another listen.

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daora

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ja tinha ouvido esse, lembro que foi ok

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It’s alright. I couldn’t get into it as much as I’d like.

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I’ve never been left so confused by an album. So many different sounds and styles. The album starts well enough and finishing strongly too. Somewhere in the middle it gets incredibly irritating and I feel I’m at a Broadway show that I’ve been dragged along to again my will. But the album is just interesting enough to make me want to go back and give it another listen.

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Pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Really? See, there’s this thing I don’t like in Canadian culture where thoroughly mediocre things become culture touchstones and are celebrated far more than they deserve just because they’re Canadian. This list is that, but British. And I like Supertramp. Not bad, not something you need to hear before you die. Favourite track: “Bloody Well Right”

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Quintessential lame music but it's not bad

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Enjoyed, and with some songs I didn't realise I knew already. Good album

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Really solid- definitely a fan of this genre in general so I will be re-listening to a few tracks more often. That being said towards the middle the songs felt a bit bloated/lengthy. Overall really great stuff!

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aight. heard most of the singles before but kinda forgettable overall

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I really like the use of the saxamaphone on this album, at least I think it was a saxamaphone. Great electronic sounding tunes Top tracks: bloody well right, hide in your shell and dreamer

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Interesting. One hell of a closer.

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5/10 I actually quite liked some songs, and it is a style I would usually listen too. Can revisit for sure. Added some songs to oldJam.

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good album - prefer Breakfast in America

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This is a good album. It was a very lonely album though. It felt as though it was written in space or by someone that had just returned from space. Hug your friends. Top tracks School Dreamer If everyone was listening

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Okay, not amazing :shrug:

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dreamer and school are definitely outstanding songs and the rest isn't bad , but i can't say it left a memorable impression

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This was cool. Nice songs, interesting structures, well produced, great musicians. Accessible prog. They certainly have their own sound. Only really knew the hits before, but would happily listen to more of this band. (3.4)

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Too much piano

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Supertramp! Hard to describe. Good rock.

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It is an alright album just not memorable.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! Interesting music, good lyrics and a nice overall vibe

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3 1/2

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It's fine. I think that if I listened to it more, it might go up to four stars maybe. But eh. It was fine.

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Quizás el hecho de haber salido en viernes no le ayuda.

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It played in the background of me working, thanks

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Leuk album, goede lengte Dreamer en crime of the century zijn mijn favoriete

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Been a while since I've listened to Supertramp, and it's really nice to hear them again. I was familiar with a couple tracks on this album -- "Bloody Well Right" has such great keys (and it all comes together great) and "Dreamer" is fun -- and it's nice to hear the whole thing. Somtimes feels like Moody Blues and other bands to me that get a little too into the synth/organ extended groovy 70s play, and it has a lot of moments of feeling every bit the 70s prog rock/pop effort it is, can be dreamy/drippy at times, but it's overall really well done and this band has a lot of talent.

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Not bad. Easy listening funk

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More ballady and polished than I expected. Didn't really speak to me.

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I mean it's Supertramp, you've got to love Supertramp. I prefer Breakfast in America but this is still good. I am being harsh with a 3* review, but for me it isn't quite a 4.

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Nice keyboards. Last couple songs are very good. A little poppy, but some nice prog elements.

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I appreciated it without particularly enjoying it

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First listen. Very easy to listen to. I know a few of the songs very well. The others are mostly great. 3/5

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I'm a big fan of the Supertramp hits, but haven't heard this album before. Was relatively disappointed. I think it might grow on me after a few more listens, but my first impression is about 3.5 stars. A couple of great songs (Bloody Well Right, Dreamer) but the others didn't really blow me away.

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Bloody Well Right and Dreamer👌

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Been an avid classic rock radio listener my whole life, so I'm very familiar with all of Supertramp's big hits. They're alright. I've never cared enough to seek out more of their music. Would rather listen to Rush. Neutral on this.

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some bits super, some bits trampy

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6/10

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It was fine

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Good album

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7/10

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7/10

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Twee goede nummers. De rest raakt niet echt.

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a decent album with some fun songs, but in the end, it just becomes background noise without any real highs or lows.

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I think the only Supertramp song I've ever heard is Give a Little Bit. And I like that song, just never listened to them beyond that. This album was playful and engaging - I like the prog-pop-rock thing it's got going. I'm too high to come up with anything better than that. But I dig it, would listen again.

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Not as good as Breakfast in America... but not bad.

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super cool !! a little slow for my taste tho :)

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Good musicians. Good album. But as far as Supertramp albums, Breakfast in America is better IMO.

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Ok

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Sounds like a bunch of clever clogs trying (and nearly managing) to sound like Pink Floyd. Bloody well right and dreamer are the catchiest tunes, but it probably works bets as a whole album.

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Prog goes pop. Beach Boys style vocals with new wave synths. Not as bad as it sounds honest! Best Tracks: School; Bloody Well Right; Dreamer

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Always good to have piano in there

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Hmmm. It's intriguing. It has all the bombast and signposts of a metal album, but is instead arch and witty with lots of synth (or Hammond organ) on it. It has a couple of great songs in Dreamer and Bloody Well Right. I much prefer them later on, when they embrace the camper side of what they do, but nonetheless, this is a tight, but not spectacular album.

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Mediocre

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Premier album de Supertramp écouté en entier. Plusieurs pièces de cet album m'étaient familières. Plutôt prog avec un côté pop. Pièce préférée: Bloody Well Right Chance que je réécoute: 3/5

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I’m struggling to put my thoughts into words. It’s a 3. Some parts are worth coming back to…you’re bloody well right! Other parts feel like they were trying too hard be be theatric.

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Neither Rick Davies nor Roger Hodgson were tramps, let alone some kind of super-tramps escaped from a dying world or bitten by radioactive spiders, only to wander the English countryside aimlessly homeless. Despite this distinct lack of actual trampiness, these young lads from comfortable families named their fledgling band after the autobiography of Welsh writer W.H. Davies (no relation?). Of course, to a modern audience the tramp reference is even odder, as for some reason a term around for centuries to refer to homeless vagrants is now, at least in the states, more often used to refer to a woman who has "many casual sexual encounters." A word that saw its peak usage in the late 1800s is now coming back again with a different meaning in the 21st century. And Supertramp a blip in between that made no discernible impact on language usage. Regardless of linguistic history, if you put Elton John, Pink Floyd, and Queen in a blender and spit out something that has elements of all three but none of the star power or hit-making ability of any of them, you'd get Supertramp. "Crime of the Century" was fine, enjoyable even, but it seemed to pale in comparison to its contemporaries. A little too much jazziness sometimes. Apparently their earlier stuff had more of a prog-rock feel, with a shift to a poppier sound with this album. I'd be interested to hear the earlier stuff.

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Some classic tunes.

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The singles still sound pretty good, but I did not really vibe with the album overall.

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They're a really talented group of musician's - and I actually enjoy their music to an extent. Still, they seem like the poor-man's Queen. It's decent "orchestral rock" (if that's a thing), but in the context of all the other bands at the time, I'm not sure what makes them special.

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Ihan ok proge-rockia mut ei toisaalta mikään biisi saa salamia kulkemaan suonissa. 3/5

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Ihan jepa, vähän niinku superhelppoa progea. Voisin kuunnella uudestaan.

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Bit more my speed. Decent album, nothing really stands out though, kinda jammy. My favorites were Dreamer and Asylum, and tge sax man going HAM on Crime of the Century. Probably won’t be in my regular rotation though.

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Pretty cool album with a few very good songs. Only a few songs on here were a little lackluster but most were quite awesome. I love the mix of influences and the instrumental variation. Super creative composition on here! 6/10

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More variety than I thought there would be.

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I liked the string arrangements.

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Disappointing (apart from Bloody Well and Dreamer). I know the hit singles, so was expecting a kind of 10cc/Steely Dan hybrid, but this was more proggy. Not bad, but I'll probably prefer Breakfast in America with all the pop hits.

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Rock

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Not my favorite supertramp album, it was just ok

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I can understand that these are talented musicians but man...i just can't get through it. Made it about 60% through

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It was ok.

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Underrated band.

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fine

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School y Dreamer son suficientes para hacer de este un disco una gran obra. El resto no desmerece, me alegro de haber vuelto a escuchar a Supertramp.

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Hi- Bloody Well Right, Dreamer The crime of the century is that this isn't even Supertramp's best album (That award goes to Famous Last Words, sorry not sorry), but don't get me wrong, it's still great. Bloody Well Right and Dreamer are the rightful radio hits, and the rest is sort of a mixed bag of efforts, that's neither the best nor the worst Supertramp has to offer. Likeable, but not my first choice.

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Pretty damn good

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Very average 70s prog rock with 2 standout tracks ("School" and "Asylum"). The finale of the last track ("Crime of the Century") was also nice. I'm kind of done with prog rock at the moment. Would have loved this two years ago.

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It was alright, it was bloody well alright! 2.5

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Better than I thought it was going to be.

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Progressive art rock, psykedelisk, pop

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Det är precis sånt här jag hittade i min pappas vinylsamling när jag ville hitta tidiga Led Zeppelin och Black Sabbath. Det är bara något med ljudbilden som är så jävla tråkigt.

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Meh, didn't really get into, like a few songs. 2/5

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Fucking hate Supertramp

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When I struggle to think of memorable features of an album the day after listening it was probably generic 70s pop stuff.

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Yeah, it’s music I guess.

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The easiest album to find in the vinyl section at hock shops. Some, catchy tunes, but I find a lot of them annoying and pedestrian.

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Really didn't like this as much as I expected, not a huge fan of the vocals.

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4.5

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Okay. 1 or two good songs.

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not great

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Some good moments and really liked the final track but nothing stuck with me and wouldn’t have a desire to explore more

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Sounds like someone was listening to a lot of Dark Side of the Moon. Fits neatly in the proggy realm of Pink Floyd and Steely Dan, which isn't entirely my cup of tea, though I can appreciate the intricacy. I feel like it's almost oppressively "playful" in the sense that every song has it's own peculiar production and instrumental choices and look-at-me performances undergirded by a white blues aesthetic that does not appeal to me that much, personally. In the immortal words of Taylor Swift, "All I ever do is try, try try." Favourite track: "Dreamer" or "Asylum" up until about 5:45 when it just goes off the rails, man.

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Not really my bag.

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I guess I can more or less definitively say I don’t really like prog? That’s one good thing to have come out of all of this, at least. I’m giving this two because they at least have an ear for a hook, and when it wasn’t interminable twiddling, there was some catchy, bouncy, and kind of fun-sounding stuff. At least these fellas seem to have a bit of a sense of humour about the whole venture. Gotta count for something.

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Pleasant enough background music. Disagree on a must listen.

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Wasn’t looking forward to this but wasn’t actually bad, inoffensive 70’s prog rock.

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Nothing especially stood out for me on this album. The music didn’t capture my imagination. I found it a bit of a chore. It’s possible prog rock isn’t really my thing.

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Not a bad album, can see why people like this

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I was ambivalent to this but the piano ending to Crime of the Century (last song) was beautiful.

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I've never heard this but it sounds very familiar. Not my style.

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Hay buenas rolas definitivamente, pero éste album no se me hizo nada especial.

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not for me

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Pleasant but not my cup of tea

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2/5 didn't do much

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Good recording quality, at least? Not sure I'd ever listen to this again.

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I like how it started and how it ended, but everything in the middle was pretty average.

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Played it through a few times and it didn't grip me. Seemed a bit ponderous. However, I like Steely Dan, so I probably owe it a few more plays though. Sounded nice and 70s, but I also felt disengaged from the music and the lyrics. Also, why does every song need a piano ballad section?

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Tämmönen poppis proge on kyl melkein viimeinen asia, mitä nykyään kuuntelisin. Ajan hammas tehnyt tehtävänsä. Mut ei tää ikävä kokemus ollut, sympaattisen 70-lukulaista.

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Luulin pitkään että tän bändin nimi on Supertrap! — johtuen varmasti kannen kaltereista. Odotukset tän levyn kohdalla ei oo korkeet. Oon törmännyt tähän levyyn vinyylikeräilyni alkuajoista asti nimenomaan niissä 1-5€ -laareissa. Tää on tällänen peribrittiläinen poppiproge. Jotenki puuttuu syvyyttä, eikä sit ehkä poppiudessaankaan aivan riitä. Vähän tylsä. Ihan hyvin kaahaillaan wurlizerilla hetkittäin, mikä lämmittää aina sydäntä. Levyn nimikkobiisi oli kaikkein tykein kipale! 2/5

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maybe just didn't feel like it. Have always thought the singers voice odd

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Not great, but not the worst thing ever. Occasionally entertaining but more often a reminder of why prog rock can seem inaccessible and snobby

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Come with me, my gentle friends, on a mystical voyage to a long-desolate land where I have no map, where one flinches at the fauna and flora (usually dragons soaring imperially through a purple sky and Moroccan hashish respectively), and where your dad informs you that the wandering minstrels starving in this once-verdant wasteland could properly play their instruments: welcome to the land of soft prog. Soft prog is the term I'm defining as distinct from hard prog. The differences are obvious. Hard prog bands are the ones who pushed prog to the sonic and lyrical extremes of nonsense (your Genesises, Yesses and ELPs), whereas your soft prog bands stayed closer to the standard of the 70s rock band, only stepping partially into the realm of sonic and lyrical nonsense. Supertramp are firmly in the latter category, here producing an album of 8 long songs with shared themes of loneliness and madness, rather than suites in three movements transcribing the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which they would not have actually read. Mind, Crime of the Century does aspire to the grandiosity of, say, Dark Side of the Moon or The Lamb Lies Down in Broadway, declaring solemnly that it's dealing with very serious themes. So it's Hegelianistically pretentious. Now, pretentiousness is not necessarily a failing in my book; I love plenty of bpost-punk bands who claimed inspiration from Wittgenstein and Dada. But I have never found the pretentiousness of prog bands to appeal; it's not much of a brag to say you've read Tolkien, a children's author. But never mind; the theme of isolation is not diminished simply because it's a common theme. But on my second listen today, a glaring, sizeable problem emerged: I couldn't tell any of the songs apart. It was as if all the songs sought to reflect the Platonic Supertramp song: 7 minutes long, histrionic bridges and a lyrical conceit that suggests a band swimming into currents they can't navigate safely (curiously, that also serves as the Platonic Tears for Fears song). Anyway, this homogenity made me conclude that Supertramp only had a smattering of smattering ideas for this album, and just continually recycled the fuckers. I can't say this album is a disaster; I think one or two of my mates would explain to me for 45 minutes precisely why this is a masterpiece, and this morn I was happy to be generous and give this 3. But that second listen just discouraged me. Having a tortured emotion may be an everyday currency in popular music, but I don't see the benefit of announcing your sadness so flamboyantly. I'm sure the cover inspired the cover to a Fighting Fantasy book. I just checked, and I think I'm right: no. 32, Slaves of the Abyss. That's not one of the sci-fi Fighting Fantasy books, though. Trick missed, methinks.

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This is not particularly gripping. I'm pretty busy at work today, so maybe not giving it the attention it deserves, but it's quite formulaic I think. Nothing really stood out to me, once the album was over I went back and listened to the most played songs to see if I'd missed something. If I had, it didn't reveal itself to me on a second listen.

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Just not my cup of tea.

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Take the blandest thing about most popular '70s bands, like Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Rush, 10cc, Eagles, and Led Zeppelin. Mix it all together and now you have a hit-and-miss album, most of which are misses.

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Strange old music was ok an odd mix of rock and and pop. Already knew dreamer because I think it was sampled in a rave song. Wouldn't get out of bed for it.

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1/19/21

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Extremely boring. Okay 70s music, I'm just not into 70s music at all

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Not for me

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Nothing that I would want to listen to again. I recognized Dreamer.

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1.75

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Terrible, terrible...

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Yeah this bass track is sick, let’s add the worst fucking singing you’ve heard in your life. There isn’t a song on here that another artist hasn’t made a better version of. Kids Bop: Pink Floyd

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This is not the small area of prog I can tolerate. Hide In Your Shell was alright but otherwise I don't get on with the meandering storytelling.

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Some really good turn up the volume style songs. Obviously Kashmir is a classic. A good album overall

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No me gustó

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track list notes 1. school: unique track. had range, funky as hell. love the piano

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Not bad

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