Picks and Pans Review: Xiv

UPDATED 09/29/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/29/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT


The Second City's most successful team, musical or otherwise, seems able to turn out albums as easy as I, II, III. This one is typically smooth, with occasional flashes that make a listener wonder if the Beatles wouldn't sound something like this if they had added some brass and stayed together 13 years. Peter Cetera's Overnight Cafe sounds positively McCartneyesque in its mixture of sweet sounds and rough rhythms, while his and Robert Lamm's Upon Arrival rocks mildly with pleasant harmonies. Chicago is not likely to overwhelm anyone with the passion of its music, but the group is nothing if not consistent.

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