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Matching Mole


Canterbury Scene

3.90 | 139 ratings

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4 stars I'd love to give the album a full five's prototypically Canterburian - far out compositions and great performances, but the music (like all things) isn't for everyone. Some point out the lack of direction....others dislike Fripp's muddy/muddled production....still others don't dig the predominance of the noodly jazz and lack of "O, Caroline" type structured songs. These negatives just happen to define the type of music I'm into at the moment....the expirementation and focus of the group holds the album together....the performances are outstanding and lead to an overall feel and flow that makes the album ultralistenable. It's mellow fusion jazz that's full of surprises....something new to hear at every spin. Highly recommended to Wyatt fans....the LP again proves that the guy was a great jazzy drummer. Highly recommended to Fripp fans....even though the production is a little muddy (I just think that can be pinned on budgetary restraints), Fripp's influence is obvious (especially when you play this and their first LP consecutively). Highly recommended to Phil Miller fans....he's still an underappreciated soloist and improviser.

Again, it's one of those albums I'd love to give five's my favorite of the Mole records and another shining star in the Wyatt discography, but it's just too edgy to consider essential and a bit too much of it's ilk to consider a masterpiece (though it's a true masterpiece if open-ended Canterburian jazz jams are your cup o' tea). If Waterloo Lilly is your favorite Caravan album, this will definitely be right up your alley.

4.49999 stars....rounded off to four.

Intruder | 4/5 |


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