ANOTHER BREAD WINNER
T. Baker | Kent, England. | 03/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must defend James Griffin from the vicious & (in my opinion) undeserved attack by the reviewer known as Dave 'Missing Person'.
James brought a heck of a lot to the group - guts, raunchiness, flair, an occasional tender touch &, most of all, a great, soulful, hugely underrated VOICE (just listen to 'Today's the first day', 'Fancy dancer' or 'The last time').
I cannot agree with his criticisms of Griffin/Royer's contribution to this album, either. In fact, I think, for the only time on a Bread album, their efforts match David Gates'.
I love their two uptempo numbers, 'Why do you keep me waiting' & 'Easy love', while 'I am that I am' has some great effects & a wonderful, dominant bass line.
I would have to concede that David Gates wrote the three best tracks on the album - 'Make it with you', 'Been too long on the road' & 'The other side of life', but this is balanced by the fact that he also wrote the three worst - 'Blue satin pillow', 'In the afterglow' & the utterly tuneless 'I want you with me', possibly the worst Bread track ever (O.K., James Griffin co-wrote it, but he'd already fulfilled his half-dozen quota).
To sum up, then, another excellent offering from a group who maintained high standards throughout their career, & then disbanded before mediocrity set in, to their eternal credit."
W. Reeves | 01/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Play this one a couple of times and you will be glad you did...a great balance between Griffin and Gates....Gates could write a beautiful ballot, ala McCartney, but you must have Griffin, ala Lennon (hope you all don't mind the comparison) to make a complete band...don't forget Royers, Botts and Knechtel who are probably the most underated musicians of our time. Some 30 years later, BREAD still rules."