|1. Critics' Choice|
|2. Just You 'n' Me|
|3. Darlin' Dear|
|5. What's This World Comin' To|
|6. Something in This City Changes People|
|8. In Terms of Two|
|10. Feelin' Stronger Every Day|
|11. Beyond All Our Sorrows|
|12. Tired of Being Alone|
At the time I loved "Just You N Me," and "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," the most. I can still listen to, and enjoy, both of these pop songs, which is often not the case with songs aimed at the charts. But I realize now that these aren't the gems on this album....and there are some real gems on this album.
Terry Kath's guitar once again is the strength of Chicago (even though the horn section received most of the attention). His guitar is really funky on "What's This World Comin' To." Actually the whole band really cranks it up on this one. It has everything, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Soul and Blues. Another great cut is the blues influenced "Rediscovery." Kath lays down one of the finest Wah Wah guitar performances ever recorded. And "Darlin' Dear" is another great blues influenced song featuring a great guitar solo from Kath. These three songs alone make this album a must buy.
Robert Lamm was the dominant writer for Chicago at this time and he puts out some great songs in "Critic's Choice," "Hollywood," and "Something In This City Changes People." "Critics Choice is actually a solo performance by Lamm. No horn section, no guitar, and no drums. Just Robert and his piano. The song's a response to the terrible critical reviews the band had been receiving over the years.
Overall I find myself returning to this Chicago album quite a bit. I find that to be the best gauge as to whether or not an album is good since great songs stand the test of time. This album certainly does.
Really? I thought that would be X? XI was the last one with Kath.
CTA and II are my personal favorites.