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NATIONAL HEALTH

National Health

 

Canterbury Scene

4.13 | 245 ratings

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clarke2001
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4 stars A pointless album that is going nowhere. No stories, just the ideas for the sake of ideas.

Having that said, it's hard to imagine why should anyone rate this album with more the one or two stars.

Well, I don't know. The only thing that is evident is that this is one mixed bag. What's more it's a magician's bag. It took me A LOT to get into, and when I started to like this one, I realised that I can't count on my common perception of music. Every time I'm listening to this album something else is happening: the familiar passages are here, but that's about it. Every time it is an entirely different album that you have to get into. It's literally overfilled with everything, a multiple spring of ideas. There are not much facts that you can pin down...because this one is slippery as an eel. It is Canterbury, all right. And it's very jazzy, okay. Somewhat symphonic. Add a teaspoon of Celtic music, please.

In my opinion, the highlights of the albums are keyboard solos. They are so furious and expressive. Undoubtedly skilled, with so many pitch bending thrown in that it's almost laughable.

This is mostly an instrumental work, but the vocals are present here and there. Female vocals sounded annoying and out of place at first hearing, but later I realised that they actually fit the overall music nicely. The female vocals are strangle blend of jazzy overtones with some almost Celtic moments. No lyrics here, just vocalisations, creating slightly mystic mood.

I will never be sure did I actually start liking this album a lot or was I so exhausted by trying to digest billions of ideas presented here that I lost any common sense and ground, taste and ability to analyse and compare.

In every person's mind there is a little pervert...therefore, get this album and give it a try. It will be a long rewarding experience after the long torturing experience.

And addition that will become an addiction.

clarke2001 | 4/5 |

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