For Girls Who Plump In The Night
Released: May 1974
Five years ago critics would have labeled this album "progressive rock" because of its long, drawn-out scores, occasional Pink Floyd-like space whines and the seeming lack of any discernible melodies until at least the fifth or sixth hearing. Today, though, For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (Caravan's fifth album, their third American release) is merely another mildly interesting, adequately performed and fairly listenable piece of symphonic flotsam in the wake of Quadrophenia, Passion Play and Topographic Oceans. It will be of interest mainly to hard-core Anglophiles or to people who like to show off esoteric record collections.
- Alan Niester, Rolling Stone, 6-6-74.
Caravan is a five member British band utilizing heavily orchestrated arrangements, close harmonies and extended pieces which range from the lush to the pulsating. "Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss," almost 10 minutes, features the tasteful use of an entire woodwind and brass section. Good A.R.P. and Davoli synthesizer effects incorporated. Credit group's Pye Hastings with bulk of the writing. Title is portrayed on album's cover.
- Billboard, 1974.
The band's smartest, most powerful album, For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night is worth searching for.
- Patrick McCarty, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.
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