My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Crime of the Century is the third album UK band Supertramp. Recording took place in early 1974 and the finished product was released in September of the same year. The album was a commercial breakthrough for them in the UK, US, and Canada.
What I think: I really really like Supertramp’s radio hits, but have never really listened to an album (I had tried a couple of times with Breakfast in America and actually made it through last night). This album is what I would expect from them. A sort of Poppy Prog-Rock.
It’s hard for me to get past the singles of “Bloody Well Right” and “Dreamer” as the best song on the album. I’ve of course heard them hundreds of times in my life and they are also the most pop oriented and shortest songs on the album. This would certainly be an album that would benefit from more listening, but right off the bat I really like “Hide in Your Shell” and “Asylum”. The overall verdict? I like it, although it has a bit to much prog over the pop for me. I got a couple of Pink Floyd vibes in there and that is off putting to me. I do like it that the songs stand on their own, besides youth and confusion there doesn’t seem to be an underlying theme. Their vocals are of course amazing and could challenge any group for their greatness.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Yea, let’s go with it. I’d certainly give it another listen.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Crime of the Century Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (252/324)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%