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Album Review

Although Status Quo's commercial status has never been in doubt, few long-time fans have truly rated their '80s-'90s era output alongside the bedazzling blues boogie classics that they unleashed earlier in their lifespan — that peerless run of albums that stretched between Piledriver and Rockin' All Over the World. Too many clichés, too much fuss, too little heads down, no nonsense rock'n'roll. If you gave up on Quo any time in the past 20 years, you're not alone. But, if you return to the fold for Heavy Traffic, you won't be alone either.

Quite simply, Heavy Traffic is Quo's finest studio album since Blue for You — bar none. Recorded with all five band members simply standing together in the studio and playing — exactly like they used to work, before producers and computers and technology came along — it offers nothing more or less than Quo ever should have represented. Crunchy rhythms, driving tempos, a blue-collar barroom barrage that doesn't even let up for the ballads — because there aren't any!

Neither are there any cover versions and, if a few of the band's own old ghosts do filter through, that's only to be expected; there are, after all, only so many things you can do with the trademark Quo sound. So "Creepin' Up on You" has a hint of "Roll Over Lay Down" playing around its fringes, and "All Stand Up" is a bit like "Down Down." One might also detect a distinctly Free-esque edge to "Rhythm of Life," but that's no bad thing either. Indeed, it serves only to remind us just how closely affiliated the two bands were during their early-'70s prime — and this is the sound of Quo re-establishing their half of the balance. Beyond the realm of any expectation — a masterpiece! [Universal International's 2002, U.K. edition included one bonus track.]

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memories of yesteryear

Quo best album since 1979's "whatever you want", uncannily sounding like their 70's output and rossi reuniting with his writing partner Bob young Quo were sure to make this album a winner.."All stand up" "creepin up on you" and the title track soon became favourites in the live set, also reinvigorated by recently recruited drummer Matt Letley and their highest charting single for some years "jam side down"

Pure Quo

Have only just bought "the oriental" well worth it -- so i bought the whole album.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Status Quo are one of Britain's longest-lived bands, staying together for over 40 years. During much of that time, the band was only successful in the U.K., where it racked up a string of Top Ten singles across the decades. In America, the Quo were ignored after they abandoned psychedelia for heavy boogie rock in the early '70s. Before that, the band managed to reach number 12 in the U.S. with the psychedelic classic "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (a Top Ten hit in the U.K.). Following that single,...
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  • £4.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2002

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