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Album Review

The Bee Gees split apart in the wake of a dispute regarding the single to be released from their album Odessa, spent a year with Barry and Maurice Gibb recording together (and doing a television special) while Robin Gibb cut music on his own, and fighting a lawsuit in which their ex-drummer tried to claim the name "the Bee Gees." Finally, they regrouped with 2 Years On and surprised everyone with their biggest selling single to date, "Lonely Days," and a surprisingly hard-edged accompanying album, on which the supposed Beatles influences of their earlier days were pushed aside (it also didn't hurt that the Beatles were now history). The music is somewhat less fey and more progressive here, and at times they sound like a lighter-weight version of the Moody Blues of the same era, with sharper vocals. The surprises on this album, apart from the overall tone and quality, include the sprightly title track, which was one of the first Bee Gees songs to feature surreal lyrics that weren't downbeat, and "Back Home," with the loudest guitar ever heard on a Bee Gees record. The quality of the recording itself was also improved over their earlier releases, with a much wider range and less compression, and between that and the song selection, the Bee Gees suddenly found themselves right back in the thick of popular music, and as close to the cutting edge of pop/rock as they'd ever been.

Customer Reviews

Simple ...Get Back Home

Aside from the great Bee Gees song "Lonely Days" , you need to download the hard edge guitar work of Gibb Bros. on "Back Home".

"Lonely Days" Is The Pearl Here...

The rest seems to be experiments or filler in the light of their other hit songs, both before and following this album. Yes, you might hear the groundwork of other efforts that proved to be successful later, but these are not worth the price unless you are a completist collector of the Bee Gees catalog.

A cautious reunion

There's a reason that 2 YEARS ON has a higher percentage of songs credited to only one or two Bee Gees as writers. They were just getting back together after an acrimonious breakup, and there was some hesitancy to be worked past. Many of the tracks are essentially solo or duo affairs, with all three brothers together on only three. Sort of like the Beatles' White album, this one gives us a more of a feel for their individual musical visions. But LONELY DAYS hit big, and proved that getting back togerther was the way to go.

Biography

Formed: 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Pop

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

Relying on their top-notch songwriting and impeccable vocals, the Bee Gees were able to craft a long-running career that began in the late '50s in Australia. Along the way they became a hit-producing psychedelic pop group in England during the '60s, the biggest disco band in the world in the '70s, and had a late comeback as adult contemporary crooners in the '90s. Their long-reaching influence extended past sales figures and saw their sound and style mirrored in acts as disparate as Justin Timberlake...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 1971

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