The Bee Gees moved their base of operations from England to America, specifically to Los Angeles, in the early '70s, and Life in a Tin Can was the result of their first recording sessions out there. This was the album that heralded the group's collapsing fortunes. It seemed to break no new ground for the group, made up of tuneful if not always memorable material. Even some of the better tunes, like "Living in Chicago," ran too long for their own good, and many fans felt like they'd begun to have heard it all before. And for the first time in a long time, the Bee Gees' knack for devising hit singles to drive an album's sales failed them -- "Saw a New Morning" was just not exciting or particularly memorable and was overlooked by most listeners despite the group's hitting the talk-show circuit very heavily promoting it, and the rest of the album lacked the sense of emotional urgency that had characterized their best work up to this time.
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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder