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18 Import, CD
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|1. Niagra Falls|
|3. If She Would Have Been Faithful|
|4. 25 Or 6 To 4|
|5. Will You Still Love Me?|
|6. Over And Over|
|7. It's Alright|
|8. Interlude (Horns)|
|9. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now|
|10. I Believe|
|11. One More Day|
Chicago ~ Chicago 18
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, "18" is more pop-oriented than rock ("Will You Still Love Me" and "I Believe", to cite just two) with a smattering of saccharine, (the final cut "One More Day") too. However, Chicago, as one of the premier bands in American musical history, has never failed to satisfy.
And I, for one, find this one to be more than exemplary.
I DO LIKE THE REWORKING OF "25 OR TO 4"!!!
I can recall a main criticism of the band in the late 70's was that all their material sounded alike. I could never quite understand this. The use of a smokin' three-piece horn section and the fact that the band never shied away from a complex arrangement seemed to make this criticism invalid in my mind. Above all that, however, the band used three lead vocalists with very different styles: Terry Kath (soulful), Peter Cetera (instantly recognizable) and Robert Lamm (soaring). The only thing about Chicago's first 17 records that did not sit well with me was the fact that 16 and 17 leaned heavily upon the Cetera penned/sung, high school homecoming-slow-dance love ballet.
With all that said, I guess I saw 18 as a chance for Chicago to move themselves away from the ballet band label. Cetera left the band after the 17 tour, so a "back to the basics" album seemed to make sense. This would not be the case! The record kicks off with three rather pointless ballets in Niagara Falls, Forever and If She Would Have Been Faithful. Actually, this describes most if not all the songs on 18! Even the records big top 10 hit single Will You Still Love Me?, though equal parts charming and catchy, is fairly light-weight. The real tragedy here is the band's remake of their own 1970 jam/FM hit, 25 or 6 to 4. Complete with irritating drum machine and synthesized vocals, this remake was simply awful.Read more ›
"Will You Still Love Me?" is very powerful and well-produced--and the album-length version clocks in at well over 5 minutes. "If She Would Have Been Faithful", on the other hand, is quite different lyrically, as Jason Scheff sings about the parodox of having to go through the pain of losing an unfaithful lover in order to meet his true love. These were the top 20 hits on the album.
Two trends I wish that Chicago didn't get away from with their later single releases: releasing Robert Lamm-sung songs as well as releasing an uptempo track or two. That being said, I would like to rave about two tracks that each fit one of those categories. "Forever" has those classic Lamm vocals on a song that distresses about divorce in today's society. "It's Alright" is an uptempo song with Bill Champlain on lead vocals--and it's not a love song but a song about just spending time with someone to avoid being alone.
Despite others' opinions, I personally don't think there is a bad track on here. While I agree that it is not at all like classic rock-based Chicago, it is still a stellar pop album. For sure, very enjoyable, affecting ear candy for the soul.
"Niagra Falls" IS a play on words and on music, yet it's too much of one, as though the band was trying for a new sound, and salvaged a song from it.
"Forever" seems better sung by Steve Lawrence than by Robert Lamm. Perhaps it's an indication of Lamm's diminishing creative edge which led the band in their early years.
"If She Would Have Been Faithful" sounds suspciously like "Hard Habit to Break" from 17, with Scheff filling in for Cetera, with the music twisted, and with a thesaurus consulted for the new verses.
"25 or 6 to 4" symbolizes the age of the band: trying to modernize a old classic. Pankow and Lamm would have been better using their efforts for a new composition, not changing the old one. Hey guys: There is a saying about not fixing something that's not broken.
"Will you still love me" is a highlight to the album. It demonstrates the band's perpetual ability to put together a good slow dance tune. The song is over five minutes, yet uses the time effectively to crescendo to a proper climax and resolution.
The second half of the album saves the work. "It's Alright" and "I Believe" show why Bill Champlin is such an important part of the band's ongoing success. He's able to put the effort and creativity into his compositions and performances which the band lacks as a whole on this album.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Chicago 18 is the first album after Peter Cetera's departure in 1985. The band's new vocalist/bassist Jason Scheff (and Cetera's replacement) is just as good as Peter was. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Amy Griffin
Although Chicago formed long before I was born, I still enjoy some of their music. This album, however, isn't the best I've heard by them. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002
I mean come on now Peter Cetera left Chicago.... The curse was lifted. They find a songwriter to write some ballads for them, which made Peter Cetera, seem like a rocket... Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Dreamin'
I had such expectations for this album. Chicago had just reached another high point with the success of 17, what with several hit singles & videos, they were on top again. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2000 by Steven R Fleck
I don't like "Niagara Falls" or "Forever". "If She Would Have Been Faithful" is good, as is everything else here. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000 by Richard "Skippyhead"
At first I didn't think this album would work because of the departue Peter Cetera, but after hearing Jason Scheff sing I thought Chicago 18 would be a smash hit. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2000 by John
David Foster's 3rd (and final) hi-tech CHICAGO album continued the trend of overproduced synthesized ballads & rockers. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 1999
Chicago had mellowed by the time this album was released. They seemed unable by this time to duplicate the hard-driving, polically charged spirit with which they began. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 1999
If you could look up the phrase "hit and miss" in the dictionary, you would find a illustrative reference to Chicago 18. Read morePublished on June 10 1999