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Even in the Quietest Moments (Remastered)

Supertramp

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Album Review

The title of Even in the Quietest Moments... isn't much of an exaggeration — this 1977 album finds Supertramp indulging in some of their quietest moments, spending almost the album in a subdued mood. Actually, the cover photo picture of a snow-covered piano sitting on a mountain gives a good indication of what the album sounds like: it's elegant yet mildly absurd, witty but kind of obscure. It also feels more pop than it actually is, despite the opening single, "Give a Little Bit," their poppiest song to date, as well as their biggest hit. If the rest of the album doesn't boast another song as tight or concise as this — "Downstream" comes close but it doesn't have the same hook, while "Babaji," a pseudo-spiritual moment that falls from the pop mark; the other four tracks clock in well over six minutes, with the closer, "Fool's Overture," reaching nearly 11 minutes — it nevertheless places a greater emphasis on melody and gentle textures than any previous Supertramp release. So, it's a transitional album, bridging the gap between Crime of the Century and the forthcoming Breakfast in America, and even if it's not as full formed as either, it nevertheless has plenty of fine moments aside from "Give a Little Bit," including the music hall shuffle of "Loverboy," the Euro-artiness of "From Now On," and the "Fool on a Hill" allusions on "Fool's Overture."

Customer Reviews

Maybe the best Supertramp album

Although Breakfast in America is generally regarded as their best album (maybe just because it was such a popular hit and a sales success), this one should stand as their most outstanding work ever. Even in the Quietest Moments... reflects a transition period between “progressive”, more elaborated pieces like “Fool’s Overture” and the title track, and more pop oriented songs, like “Give a Little Bit”. The final result is a very consistent album that very well reflects most of the group’s strengths and influences, most notably White Album’s Beatle-esque sounds, The Who’s Tommy and Genesis flavors in many tracks. Along with Crime of the Century, this is a must have for every Supertramp fan.

Better Than Breakfast

Supertramp's 1977 effort showcases a wide range of musical talent, but the piano holds everything together. The mostly acoustic "Give a Little Bit" is one of the group's most popular songs, and for good reason. "Even in the Quietest Moments," opening with the chirping of birds, is driven by the piano, an aggressive bass, and skillful vocals. "From Now On" is, in my opinion, the best song on this album. "Fool's Overture" (which is the sheet music on the piano on the cover) starts off slow before turning into a moving statement about how important small mistakes can end up being. This is definately Supertramp's best album.

Everlasting Music

Breakfast In a America was great but this Album beats it BAR NONE!!!! This group reminds me when I was 3 years old and my Dad used to sing it constantly to where I fell in love with it. I never knew my dad past 4 but Supertramp's music gives me goosebumps and I can picture his arms around me singing to me. IT'S classic music that will never get old to me and to top it off it's uplifting you always have to listen to the lyrics not just the melody. I recommend this group along with Bruce Springstein, The Police and The Cure.

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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