Renaissance – Time Line (1983) (@160)
01 Feb 2007
(Review from amazon.com)
Without a doubt, this is the worst Renaissance studio album you could possibly get. At this time, they had degraded to an 80’s pop combo and somehow didn’t notice that most of their 80’s peers were doing the styles they were trying out much better than they were.
Yes had enormous success changing their style because they still made great music, as well as Genesis. Even Gentle Giant made a decent new-wave influenced 80’s album (Civilian) despite it being unnoticed by the general record buying public, and King Crimson at this time sounded nothing like their former selves, yet updated the style to fit with the times while sticking to their forward-thinking ideals.
Renaissance, however, did not have such luck making the transition to one of the worst periods of rock music. Any listen to their classic material would tell you why. At least Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Gentle Giant “rocked” within the hearts of their somewhat dissonant, complex songs. Renaissance always took a more pastoral, acoustic approach, and had orchestral accompaniment most times. To try to transition to new wave and synth-pop from their old style would have been (and was) one of the most jarring transitions you could possibly ask for.
At least Camera Camera was entertaining. At this point, they were trying to incorporate their old, “classical rock” approach with the new wave ideals, and at this point they were doing both well although the clash of styles was somewhat jarring. With “Time Line” they made the full transition, and the end result was downright ugly. The album is full of sequenced drums, cheesy basslines, and ugly 80’s synths. This goes without mentioning that sonically, as well as melodically, most of the album is disposable.
- Jon Camp / bass, guitar, lead & backing vocals
- Michael Dunford / acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
- Annie Haslam / lead & backing vocals
01. Flight (4:06)
02. Missing persons (3:34)
03. Chagrin Boulevard (4:22)
04. Richard IX (3:38)
05. The entertainer (4:44)
06. Electric Avenue (4:55)
07. Majik (3:09)
08. Distant horizons (3:56)
09. Orient Express (3:54)
10. Autotech (5:21)
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