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Album Review

...Famous Last Words... was the last album that Roger Hodgson made with Supertramp before seeking a solo career, and he made sure that radio would take kindly to his last hurrah with the band. Sporting an airy and overly bright pop sheen, ...Famous Last Words... put two singles on the charts, with the poignant "My Kind of Lady" peaking at number 31 and the effervescent smile of "It's Raining Again" going to number 11. The album itself went Top Ten both in the U.S. and in the U.K., eventually going gold in America. The songs are purposely tailored for Top 40 radio, delicately textured and built around overly bland and urbane choruses. Hodgson's abundance of romantically inclined poetry and love song fluff replaces the lyrical keenness that Supertramp had produced in the past, and the instrumental proficiency that they once mastered has vanished. Hodgson's English appeal and fragile vocal manner works well in some places, but the album's glossy sound and breezy feel is too excessive. Hodgson gave his solo album, 1984's In the Eye of the Storm, a mildly progressive feel, quite unlike his last appearance with his former group.

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Under appreciated

An excellent album by Supertramp and the final in their string of 5 genius albums. Unfortuanately it seems to not be as favoured as the other four and admittedly it may take some getting used to but this is exactly the same with 'Crises? What Crises?' which also takes a few listens to fully appreciate; especially after hearing such instant classics as 'Crime of the Century' and 'Breakfast in America'. There are weak tracks but they are in no way bad at all, unlike much of the music after Roger Hodgsons departure. This album also contains probably my all time favourite Supertramp song in 'Waiting So Long', and some of the most crisp and beautiful production of any of their albums.

Save the best 'til last

I remember buying this album on cassette in 1982 and it hasn't aged a bit. This was the last of Supertramps five albums and I reckon they saved the best 'til last. Trust me, this one you'll listen to over and over again.

Fossy1959

Great memories of Supertramp from my youth. This Album was and still is fantastic!! From seeing the band at Earls Court with my girlfriend Karen in 1983 (ish) to now in 2010 on iTunes it still brings that music tingle alive today.

Biography

Formed: 1969 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Supertramp followed an unusual path to commercial success in the 1970s, fusing the stylistic ambition and instrumental dexterity of progressive rock with the wit and tuneful melodies of British pop, and the results made them one of the most popular British acts of the '70s and ‘80s, topping the charts and filling arenas around the world at a time when their style of music was supposed to have fallen out of fashion. Supertramp was formed in 1969 by pianist and vocalist Rick Davies. Davies had been...
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