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THIRD

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 688 ratings

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Modrigue
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5 stars A MASTERPIECE OF PROGRESSIVE JAZZ ROCK !

From start to end, this album is an absolute killer. Every single second is just excellent, the listener cannot lose his attention on the music. Third is by far Soft Machine's best album and the last one with Robert Wyatt. With four pieces of approximately 20 minutes each, mainly instrumental, the musicians push back the frontiers of space modal jazz rock far beyond.

The record opens the live song Facelift and its crazy sonic experimental deflagrations. A disturbing atmosphere takes place to let the energic and catchy jazzy theme suddenly explode. The ambiance changes at the middle of the track to become calmer and more mysterious. This section shows echoes of John Coltrane's playing. Slightly All The Time is a soft and slow evolving piece of modal jazz. It has sometimes faster moments which will take you to the heights. The second half of the song is more tormented and spacey. Terrific ! But then comes the best side of the disc. First, the only track with vocals, Moon In June. Robert Wyatt's psychedelic and soft voice is just magic and fits perfectly to the melancholic and enchanting music. Just listen and relax. The number of changes of musical directions is just amazing ! The second part of the song displays an unbeatable combo of powerful jazz rock. Terrifying ! Out-Bloody-Rageous concludes magnificiently the album by making it enter definitely into the legend. The tune starts and finishes delicately with an ethereal aquatic electronic ambiance taking the listener to the clouds during nearly 5 minutes. The rest just features top-notch and very inspired modal jazz with talented musicians at their best.

Less psychedelic, more jazz and progressive oriented than their two first releases, Third is an exemplary tour de force and a milestones in its genre. This is the record that got me into jazz rock and I could simply not get enough of it. There are very few albums which can match this one.

You will not see the time pass. Strongly recommended to everyone !

Modrigue | 5/5 |

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