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While The City Sleeps,
This review is from: Chicago V (Audio CD)
This was the last "good" CHicago album, before they pandered completely to top-40 tastes and drowned in sentimentality.
The lower brass is great here, especially in "Hit by Varese." This song challenges the band's followers to think about musical forms outside the "new norm" - just like Satie on BST's second album.
But, anyway, my favorite is "While the City Sleeps." I was working the midnight shift in a factory in Chicago at the time of this song's popularity, and it was exactly the same rhythm as a large hydraulic machine which ran all night long. Tis music, for such an unlikely reason, is part of the soundtrack of my own life growing up in Chicago.
But it was the last time the band tried to create and maintain a dialogue..."We can make it happen." We really let the boys down, I guess...but then I guess that they let us down, too.
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Initial post: May 4, 2009 2:32:08 AM PDT
You need to listen to Chicago VII, my man. A couple of somewhat schlocky ballads, yeah, but also some great instrumental music that still sounds good now. They weren't quite dead yet! (After VII, though, you're right--no more fun.)
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 7:45:32 PM PST
Kirk R. Anderson says:
Yep. VI and VII both had enough 'moments' to make them worthwhile. After VII, meh. It's sad to realize they went downhill BEFORE Kath died.
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