Chicago VI Review

artist: Chicago date: 04/22/2008 category: compact discs
Chicago: Chicago VI
Release Date: Jun 1973
Label: Chicago
Genres: Soft Rock, Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 10
While Chicago VI is an undeniably strong effort many bandmembers and longtime enthusiasts were beginning to grow apart from the lighter, pop-oriented material.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8.3
Chicago VI Reviewed by: Breakfast_Rock, on april 22, 2008
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Sound: This is somewhat of a change from their previous album, Chicago V. This is more streamlined for a somewhat more poppish sound. Terry Kath's guitar soloing is even harder to find in this album. A few solos remain, though distributed among the horn section. Definitely a departure from the long jams from their first album. The playing is still top notch. // 9

Lyrics: Breaking from the continuity in their previous album, Pankow cuts loose and writes several hooks, Just You N Me and Feelin' Stronger Every Day. Both are great songs, though they are sometimes overplayed on the radio. Terry Kath puts his soulfulness to use in Jenny. Another worthy mention is S'thing in this City Changes People, which once again uses trade-off vocals between Kath and Cetera. Instead of more political themes, Robert Lamm writes his response to the harsh criticism in Critic's Choice. I decided to go ahead and look up some of the critic reviews of Chicago, and lost any remaining respect for Rolling Stone Magazine as a result. Other good songs from Lamm include Hollywood and the ultra laid back Rediscovery. // 8

Overall Impression: While the writing is top notch, there doesn't seem to be as much boldness as their first few albums had. As a consequence, it often gets overlooked by the preceding and following albums, Chicago V and Chicago VII. That being said, Chicago VI still has a strong caliber and fits well enough with all the other albums in the Terry Kath era. Just don't expect a strong continuity like Chicago II or Chicago V. Never the less, it is still vintage Chicago, and still manages to blow away the stuff from the Peter Cetera era in the 1980s. // 8

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