Saturday 29 July 2017
Machiavel - Urban Games (1979)
The fourth album from this Belgium band.
The band was a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, piano, keyboards, synths, bass, drums, mandolin, mellotron, strings and English vocals.
This band is a national institution in Belgium and they are still around.
Their career made a very big artistic dip during a long period in their career. A dip where the band produced and released cheap & nasty second rate rock and pop.
The forty-three minutes long Urban Games is the first album of their big and long dip in form... I am afraid.
Take a bit from Supertramp and a big chunk of Elton John. Add some Euro rock and pop too. And if that is not bad enough, and it is, add a lot of disco too.
There are a couple of decent songs in the beginning of this album. But it soon nosedive into a totally unacceptable bad album. It is not quite a turkey. But it is close to being a turkey. It is an album well worth keeping on an arm lenght distance.... or even further away from sensitive ears. Avoid.