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|3.0 good||Robbit | May 27th 16|
WINDS OF CHANGE has been panned by a lot of critics for continuing Jefferson Starship's gradual shift towards radio friendly
pop/rock. In fact, much of this material fit comfortably alongside bands like Journey & Foreigner that were also dominating FM
radio at the time. Craig Chaquico's guitar work seems to stand out more and more on these early 80s Jefferson Starship albums and
contribute much to the formula they'd adopted during this era.
After guesting on MODERN TIMES, Grace Slick officially returned to the band for this album, but is found mostly harmonizing with
Mickey Thomas, namely on the title track which is a memorable highlight. Grace's only solo offering is the somewhat goofy "Out Of
Control", which she wrote with Paul Kantner. Mickey Thomas offers up some strong radio fare with the minor hits "Be My Lady" and
"Can't Find Love". Several songs are written by bassist Pete Sears and his wife Jeanette.
All in all, WINDS OF CHANGE is not as bad an album as some critics might have you believe and is pretty much on par with their
prior two albums. In fact, it was the last half decent Jefferson Starship record before they further devolved towards the
gratuitous pop of Starship.
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