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3.46 | 128 ratings

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2 stars A modest live album.

This is a pretty splotchy live album. Sometimes Focus seems all over the place, and while the tunes are still recognizable, some of it isn't very coherent. This isn't to say the band lacks talent, ability, or musical quality, it's just that compared to many other live records, this is less than stellar.

Most of this is entirely instrumental, (really Akkerman) noodling all over the fretboard. Questions Answers goes on for far too long, and should have been condensed. Wrapping Hocus Pocus around Sylvia was a bad idea as well. With a little more thought and preparation, this could have been a much better record.

Don't take my criticisms too much. I prefer studio albums over live albums almost exclusively, as I've never particularly enjoyed the live sound except in rare circumstances. Focus is a wonderful little Dutch band, but I'd start with the early studio albums before coming to this live piece.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |


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