Tuesday 24 September 2019
City Boy - The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1979)
The fifth album from this British band.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and vocals.
They had help from some other musicians who provided bass, harmonica, percussion and synths.
City Boy was a band from Birmingham, England who operated somewhere near progressive rock. They had a pretty big following and is today regarded as a cult-band.
I have not been impressed by their albums so far. Some reviews can be found in this blog.
City Boy comes running at me on this album with a mix of art rock and heavy rock. Take a bit 10CC, Supertramp and some proto-heavy metal.
The music has a lot of heavy metal cliches with football terrace chants and chugging guitars. Not good.....
There are some intelligent melody and melodies too on this album.
Most of all, this forty-five minutes long album sounds a bit dull and bereft of really good ideas. It is not an album which has survived the test of time.
I am not impressed at all.
This is a decent album and only that. Maybe it is worth checking out. I am left with reviewing their final two albums and I am not looking forward to that.