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Crisis? What Crisis? (Remastered)

Supertramp

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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

Wonderful

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.

Classic non-playlist album

Ah, for the days when bands played real music! Supretramp hit a unique sound and every album held a theme and an order. Great singles, but greater in whole. CRISIS is all talent: great arrangements, spiffy tunesmanship and a few really great sing-alongs for when you're alone in the car (or accompanied by a hip co-pilot). Track 3: "ain't nobody but me" is a killer track: by the time the band played it live on PARIS, the word "hush" was a codeword for coolness. Supertramp hid behind sharp album cover art to perform brilliantly. If vinyl albums died, they went with one hell of a send-off by groups like this... and they remain unequalled.

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...
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