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Xhol Caravan / Xhol



3.49 | 57 ratings

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3 stars Some direction would be nice, but I suppose we'll have to live with the originality and musicianship on this one, which is by no means a bad thing. Unfortunately however, this album falls into that category that so much prog music falls into, of being incredibly talented, limitlessly entertaining and so lacking in direction that the music falls into ear-grating, incessant noodling. This here is not music for us, it's music for musics sake, I can respect that, but it doesn't mean I want to listen to it. The incredibly annoying sound effects interspersed do not help the album.

The album is a bit of a mixed bag, the circus sounds of Electric Fun Fair do little for me but the jazzy laid back music of Pop Games and All Green I find quite enjoyable. The closing song Raise up High makes me feel as though the band is trying to do too many different thing's at the same time, all the while forgetting how to develop a lengthy song.

I appreciate the virtuosity, the ingenuity and the importance of this album to krautrock, jazz rock, canterbury scene and so on and so forth. But I don't always appreciate the music.

2.5 stars rounded up to 3 because there are some genuinely brilliant moments here and there that I fail to elude to properly.

MJAben | 3/5 |


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