Brother Where You Bound

Label
A&M
Release date
17 May 1985
Running length
6 tracks
Running time
42:43

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cannonball 7:40 69,598
2 Still In Love 4:36 7,649
3 No Inbetween 4:37 7,547
4 Better Days 6:17 7,504
5 Brother Where You Bound 16:30 7,346
6 Ever Open Door 3:03 6,591

About this album

When vocalist-guitarist Roger Hodgson left Supertramp after 1982’s …famous last words…, few could have guessed that the band would continue and solidify its pop-oriented songcraft, let alone re-embrace its progressive-rock roots on 1985’s underrated Brother Where You Bound. With vocalist-keyboardist Rick Davies firmly in control — he wrote all the music and lyrics — the album examined tensions at the tail end of the Cold War. In a thematic sense, Brother Where You Bound is dated and hasn’t aged very well — Davies’ politically oriented lyrics are heavy-handed — but the music is a pleasure. The crystalline sound of the album, particularly Davies’ piano, is breathtaking; kudos to co-producers David Kershenbaum and Supertramp and engineer Norman Hall. The hit single “Cannonball” is a jazz-rock delight, especially in full-length album form. Lyrically, it can be interpreted as Davies’ feelings of betrayal at Hodgson’s departure, but the piano, percussion and horns are superb. Saxophonist John A. Helliwell, bass guitarist Dougie Thomson, and drummer Bob Siebenberg all contribute vital parts, as does guest trombonist Doug Wintz. “No Inbetween” begins with a lovely, bittersweet percussion (or synthesizer?) and piano melody. “Better Days” is a rather bleak look at the unfulfilled promises of the “good life” in Western society; the dramatic music is highlighted by guest Scott Page’s flute solos. The fantastic title track examines Cold War paranoia and clocks in at more than 16 minutes; after the creepy opening narration taken from George Orwell’s 1984, the song becomes a composite of several complex prog-rock “movements.

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  • mgpixlab

    Incredible album.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • algenon50

    rick said that when the record boss's sat down to listen to this album for the first time.....at the end of it, they just looked at each other....i suppose they were looking for another breakfast in america...but they did'nt see this masterpiece right under their nose's

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • poles_apart

    the title track is absoultely awesome, a very very underrated supertramp song. Great work on guitar by mister David Gilmour !

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Deogracias

    Nice album, love the titel track.

    6 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Semitemos

    wow

    2 Feb 2008 Reply

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