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This review is from: Chicago XXX (Audio CD)
The Pros: Tracks 7-12 are listenable.
The Cons: Where oh where do I begin...
1) This is a Chicago album right? This album features session cats more than it actually features members of the band. When I buy a solo album by a favorite musician I expect him/her to be backed up by session cats. When I buy an album by a band, I expect the band to play on their own album-- not predominantly outside musicians. Am I expecting too much here? A band that traditionally kept things "in house" and only occassionally brought in guest musicians-- is it too much to ask and expect them to actually go back to keeping their music "in house"?
2) The track order. Okay whose bright idea was it to stack five or six ballads in a row? Tracks 7-12 are at least respectable and listenable but the listener would never know that if he/she started listening to the album from the beginning as it would put him/her to sleep well before it got to the meaty stuff.
3) The production. It's clean, it's polished, it's pristine... Trouble is, it's SO clean, SO polished, SO pristine any and all emotion is stripped completely from the music. There is no feeling here. It's all superficial, the depth and emotion of the album is completely AWOL-- this I don't blame on the band, but on producer Jay DeMarcus, who over-produced the album to the point where it was/is emotionally STERILE.
If you want to listen to Chicago, they did put out some pretty good albums, this isn't one of them-- it can't be, because it isn't even really Chicago (if you read the liner notes you'll realize that). Don't waste your time or money on this. It's better than Chicago 19, but then again getting a filling is better than getting a root canal-- I wouldn't exactly be rushing off to my dentist for either!