Easily their worst album
J. Hardy | Columbia, MD USA | 04/10/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"It's leaden and ponderous. Clearly they're trying to figure out how to work together again, but they're trying too hard. It's not working. There is almost nothing here of interest, that would merit a second listening. Even the album's one hit, "Lonely Days", also appears on their "Best of Vol 2" collection (1973), and there's a better version of it on the "Here At Last, The Bee Gees Live" album (1977).It's interesting to compare their two albums "around" the breakup: 1969's "Odessa" and this one. "Odessa" is brooding and dark and sad, and this album also has plenty of sad songs.
Yet "Odessa" is utterly brilliant; innovative, interesting, crackling with ideas and experiments, full of attention-getting musical arrangements. This is a dull reunion album. Skip it. Note that the brothers got it together very quickly after this. Their next album "Trafalgar" (1971), while uneven, has some terrific stuff on it. It's musically interesting and memorable, and it set the stage for the musical changes they went thru in 1972-4. This album is just something they had to get thru first."
duke14 | NE Philly, PA | 08/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong. This album has wonderful songs in it. Where would Lonely Days be without this album? And then there's Man For All Seasons, another little hit. Portrait of Louise has beautiful voices in it, and so does the very catchy Alone Again. Every Second, Every Minute is another great solo by Barry. Lay It On Me is almost horrible, and Tell Me Why is quite boring. Overall, some great songs, some good songs, and just a couple dull songs makes this a good enough album to want."