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Jazz Rock/Fusion

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3 stars Nucleus was a Britain progressive jazz rock band. Released 1970 under Vertigo label, this is a smooth jazz/fusion.

After 1916, a short opening move with killing drums, comes the title-track, Elastic Rock, smooth and funny. The clean guitar and the calm mood is very relaxing and still interesting. Striation is very avant-garde (unfortunatelly short), obviously my favorite part. Taranaki start as another smooth jazz, moving slowly to Twister track, where the band goes more dynamic and active from the middle of the track. Crude Blues intro is very quiet, so the song begins, a jazzy jam with blues chords backgrounds, but not repetitive, very pleasent. The progression of the track follows til' the ending of the A side, 1916 (The Battle of Boogaloo), a song presenting repetitive guitar riff with an experimental wind instrument chorus, sometimes dissonant. The B side starts with Torrid Zone. I really like this track, the guitar chords, the smooth background, the sax and stuff playing weird, it's everything alright. The piano chords increases the deep feeling of the song. So we have Stonescape, a slow and short track, nothing special there. Earth Mother is cool, I like to hear the wind instruments screaming high notes. The guitar work at the second half of the track is very outstanding, and the end of the track follows to Speaking For Myself, Personally, In My Own Opinion, I Think... a drum solo, which one is slowly fade out. And the last track, Persephones Jive is the most active and happy track of the album, without lose the smooth feeling. Very good! Elastic Rock (debut) is not their masterpiece, but it's still very good!

VOTOMS | 3/5 |


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