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|Supertramp||Primary Artist, Primary Artist|
|Roger Hodgson||Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Rick Davies||Keyboards, Vocals|
|John Helliwell||Saxophone, Vocals, Woodwind, Wind Instruments|
|Bob C. Benberg||Drums, Percussion, Drums|
|Supertramp||Producer, Orchestral Arrangements|
|Michel Colombier||Orchestral Arrangements|
|Michael Diehl||Reissue Design|
|Mike Doud||Art Direction|
|Beth Stempel||Reissue Production Coordination|
Posted October 1, 2010
"Even in the Quietest Moments" is very unique compared to most albums in Supertramp's catalog. This is mainly because the electronic keyboard was rarely used for this album. Another thing that makes this album unique, is the fact that an FM radio hit ("Give a Little Bit") happens to be the album's opening track. The rest of the songs on the album can be appealing to all Supertramp fans. The progressive title track is quiet at first but catchy later on. "From Now On" is also a pretty good song. I also highly reccomend listening to "Babaji", which sounds very similar to "Logical Song" from "Breakfast in America". "Downstream" is a relaxing song, plus it goes very well with the album cover. The 10-minute "Fool's Overture" is a very unusual finale, and it's probably the closest thing you'll ever get to progressive rock on this album. "Lover Boy" is not much of a song to listen to, but I still highly reccomend the album.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Recorded in the thin-air mountains of Colorado (the band had to keep oxygen bottles with them), "Even in the Quietest Moments" is the album that best demonstrates the ties that bind Supertramp's elegant prog-rock/classical music influences and FM radio pop intentions. This is the second of two albums (the other being "Crisis? What Crisis?") the English quintet recorded between their breakthrough "Crime of the Century" and their smash mega-hit "Breakfast in America." The two lost classics are often looked upon as being "lesser" works due to being unpredictable in content, but each has an important role in Supertramp's musical tapestry. The first song, the radio hit 'Give A Little Bit' preludes the textbook-perfect pop that the band would soon be identified with, featuring some of the glossiest acoustic guitar ever recorded, but it's the more progressive rock-flavored songs that define the album. The gorgeous title track embodies Roger Hodgson's delicate vocals, which take on an idea of youthful unrest and wandering, its interesting arrangement always building up to something climactic, but never does. Even the simple FM radio subject matter of 'Lover Boy' is placed into an extravagant arrangement as Rick Davies sings his heart out, warning girls about a prototypical Supertramp character, while the struggling musician's anthem 'From Now On' is just as grandiose. The vocalist does well in more subdued places as well; 'Downstream' consists only of Davies' wonderfully odd voice and a piano (and maybe an overdubbed second piano here and there). 'Babaji' is another forefront to "Breakfast In America," but with a twist; while the song is so infectious it could make you dance, it's a complicated form of spiritual faith that Supertramp is expressing, not some teenage love. The album's closing ten-minute epic 'Fool's Overture' is the definitive song, a social statement featuring classic prog-rock elements like sound effects (a recording of a speech by Winston Churchill), and a dramatic, winding classical movement that goes from frenetic synthesizer hooks to simple, pleading piano-and-vocals by Hodgson. Supertramp would later use this blueprint for later epics like 'Brother Where You Bound?' in 1985 (with Ronald Reagan and other 80s Cold War figures replacing Churchill). Aside from being an intriguing, often exciting, look at the connections between prog, classical, and pop tastes, "Even in the Quietest Moments" also set an ethic that Supertramp would always follow; despite the ultra-sleek, ultra-polished production, the emotive side still glimmers like the Caribou, Colorado snow in the sun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.