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THE INNER MOUNTING FLAME

Mahavishnu Orchestra

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.29 | 615 ratings

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OGTL
2 stars "Inner Mounting Flame" will be the last Jazz/Rock Fusion album I pick up for a while, I find myself being dissapointed whenever I listen to the "Masterpieces" from this genre.

Inner Mounting Flame is a mix of scorchingly fast violin, faster guitar, keys, bass and drums. The technical mastery here is indisputable, it is a hard thing to do to analyze this album and find a fault in the playing. I guess that is the main point of this genre, to have a album that when added together makes an even number?

But it's cold and sterile, lacking any kind of soul or elaboration on the few good ideas present on the album. Throughout each song, it's the same thing. Play a fast riff 3 or 4 times, move on to the next riff and so on. the piano, guitar and violin are simeltaneously playing different riffs, and it becomes a chore to follow each and become dissapointed at the utter lack of direction. My theory on this album, it was a 40 minute jam session split into parts and given irrelevant names.

If you are one who likes to listen to solos for minutes on end and gape at them, this may be your album. I still prefer the more coherent and finalizing solos from other guitarists, I must say.

OGTL | 2/5 |

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