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Schicke & Führs & Fröhling


Symphonic Prog

3.53 | 61 ratings

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4 stars I do agree with what colleague Collaborator Cesar Inca said that this is a brilliant work by SFF as follow-up of their debut album "Symphonic Pictures". For me personally, it's hard to believe that a band that originally played cover of Deep Purple under the name of Spektakel and finally evolved into this kind of fusion like music. I tend to use the term "fusion" instead of "jazz rock fusion" on purpose. To my ears, the music of SFF is far away from "jazz" category even though they have some elements of jazz. Their music is rather exploratory in nature and it sounds to me that they don't want to get "hooked" into one category of music. One thing for sure, their music is basically instrumental outfit with many rock and experimental endeavors.

The opening track "Wizzard" clearly indicates what SFF music is all about. It has all components of rock music and a bit of jazzy elements even though not that heavy. The music is dynamic with more than one time tempo changes. This is quite usual to any bands under the banner of prog, but the band has taken it into different level. The other song that represents good example of how fusion would sound like by combining energy and music textures is "1580" the album concluding track. This is probably my best favorite track of this album. It has an energetic music flow and good improvisations. In fact some nuances of spacey music are also embedded in the music of SFF. One thing I forgot to mention when I reviewed quite a number of Ozric Tentacles albums was that the components of SFF music are there as well in Ozric music. The difference is on the intensity of "spacey" nuance where Ozric put more emphasize on it.

"Sunburst" is an album with tight composition and strong song writing by each member of the band. Yes, fans of jazz-rock fusion music would adore this album, I believe. Keep on proggin' ..!

Gatot | 4/5 |


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