Their most under-rated and overlooked album, it's also my personal favourite. Brighter than Crime of the Century, yet free of the over-ripe sentiments of Breakfast in America, this album strikes just the right balance between introspection and listen-ability.
None of the songs on this album ever became radio hits, but this is highly misleading and more than a little unfair to the quality of the songs. There is some great music on this album; Sister Moonshine, Lady, The Meaning, Two of Us. However, my favourite has to be Soapbox Opera, a moody and atmospheric piece that effectively conveys our modern society's sense of spiritual drift.
This is not a deeply philosophical work, and those looking for "meaning", "depth" or "originality" should look elsewhere. Tramp preferred peasant food to haute cuisine, a preference that opened them up to charges of superficiality throughout their career. Again, unfair, considering that their stated purpose was to bridge the gap between the excesses of progressive rock and the shallowness of mainstream pop.
A consistent and rewarding album, this is one of the two Tramp albums (along with Quietest Moments) that have stood the test of time. Whereas, Century seems dated and Breakfast has always been overrated, Crisis improves with age. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that none of the songs were played to death on radio; an ironic silver lining to a greater cloud of injustice.
A word needs to be said about the recording. This digital remastering is superb and renders obsolete the prior CD recording. If you have the first CD, the improved clarity and energy in the second remastering makes it a worthwhile purchase. If this is your first Crisis purchase, make sure you are getting the right CD and aren't wasting your money on a lousy earlier effort.