Music Review Section
The Music Years
albums were released in 1975 and have been reviewed thanks to
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Chapin - Portrait
Go By/ Tangled up Puppet/ Star Tripper/ Babysitter/ Someone Keeps
Calling My Name/ The Rock/ Sandy/ Dirt Gets Under the Fingernails/
Bummer/ Stop Singing Those Sad Songs
Harry's songwriting took a dip with Verities, he returned to form with
Portrait Gallery. From the vaudeville swing of the opening song
"Dreams Go By" to the last chord of "Stop Singing Those Sad
Songs" we are introduced to Harry's world yet again. It's all here
from the pure beauty of his song to his wife "Sandy" to the
introspective songs like "Tangled up Puppet" The lyrics are as
good as ever, particularly on the wonderful Startripper. Chapin had the
ability to be both introverted and outward looking in his songs - but
his songs are always so full of imagery. The Rock is a kind of "boy
calling wolf" song that teaches us always to listen to what is
being said - it might just be the truth.. This album is about
relationships, it's about life, it's about lost opportunities, it's
about beauty, it's about love. It's virtually about everything.
It seems that Abba's albums have a
natural progression with each slightly better than the previous.
On their third album the band were beginning slowly to define a
style that would lay claim to the greatest pure pop band of all
time, but they were fare from there. Again there's a hotch potch
of styles and sadly a considerable amount of dross to wade
through. They were beginning to put the hits together and it was
almost as if the best tracks off this album would be plucked out
for greatest hits collections whilst the others would stay in
obscurity. So we get "Mamma Mia", "SOS" and
"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, but sadly little else of note.
Almost as if the songwriting is still evolving and waiting for
that breakthrough. Again there are too many filler tracks. Just
listing the tracks giives some idea of the obvious lack of class -
"Tropical Loveland," "Hey, Hey Helen,"
"Man in the Middle" and "Bang a Boomerang"
Bjorn and Benny try their hand at classical with "Intermezzo
No 1" but once again it's quite a lame effort.