Tuesday 15 October 2019
Chicago - Chicago VI (1973)
The sixth album from this US band.
The band was a seven piece big band with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars, woodwinds, harmonica, flute, keyboards and vocals.
The band had help from four other musicians who provided slide steel guitar, congas and vocals.
I remember Chicago from my youth as a soft-pop band. So the first four albums has taken me by surprised. In particular the great debut album.
Terry Kath, one of the best guitarists of that time, is still in the band. The woodwinds has been scaled back though. Ditto for the most wild brass rock excesses.
The band has gone much more mainstream rock on this album and the pop singer Peter Cetera has come more to the front.
The pop is not too bad and the album picks up at the end of the album with a good rocker.
Unfortunate, that only happens after half an hour. The first half an hour is at times dire and pretty bad. There are some rays of sun here. But most of the songs here induces facepalm and can only be listened to with great difficulties.... and alone.
This is not quite a turkey, but it is sailing close to my turkey-yard. Avoid.