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Album Review

Nestled between the accomplished Crime of the Century album and 1977's Even in the Quietest Moments, Crisis? What Crisis? may not have given the band any chart success, but it did help them capture a fan base that had no concern for Supertramp's commercial sound. With Rick Davies showing off his talent on the keyboards, and Roger Hodgson's vocals soaring on almost every track, they managed to win back their earlier progressive audience while gaining new fans at the same time. Crisis received extensive air play on FM stations, especially in Britain, and the album made it into the Top 20 there and fell just outside the Top 40 in the U.S. "Ain't Nobody But Me," "Easy Does It," and the beautiful "Sister Moonshine" highlight Supertramp's buoyant and brisk instrumental and vocal alliance, while John Helliwell's saxophone gives the album even greater width. The songwriting is sharp, attentive, and passionate, and the lyrics showcase Supertramp's ease at invoking emotion into their music, which would be taken to even greater heights in albums to come. Even simple tracks like "Lady" and "Just a Normal Day" blend in nicely with the album's warm personality and charmingly subtle mood. Although the tracks aren't overly contagious or hook laden, there's still a work-in-process type of appeal spread through the cuts, which do grow on you over time.

Customer Reviews

no crisis here

not the pop of breakfast, not the depth of crime, ,just overall my favorite tramp album. just one great listen


Sure “Breakfast” was good, and I know the critics liked “Quietest Moments,” and there are even those who say that “Crime” was their best, but none of those albums hold a candle to “Crisis? What Crisis?” The songs have a much more distinct sound than those with which Supertramp had their greater financial success. Some of the later stuff sounded like it was produced for the sole purpose of making money and not for the love of the music. This album is a masterpiece. It has all of the passion of a band that has not sold its soul to the highest bidder. With haunting melodies, and a mixture of profound, beautiful, and satirical lyrics, this work still holds up after all these years. It is truly a pleasure to experience.

Great Album, I am gald that we met.

To start I want to thank the earlier reviews because they got me to buy this album. I am a huge fan of Crime of the Century but this album is now challenging that. It is not the overly pop Supertramp but a clean and sophisticated body of work, I do not have a favorite cut on it yet because I am really enjoying all of them. If you like early supertramp, you will love this album.


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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