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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.07 | 441 ratings

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After a brilliant debut, a follower is brilliant too....but not in the same way. This one is somewhat hollow, but in a good way. The band distanced for the hard-core psychedelia attitude, a moved more towards that "progressive rock" manner that is impossible to define, but so easy to finger-point. Plus, this album is not very jazzy yet, and it is full of more-or-less latent humour.

The sound is equally raw but with much more reverb. As a result, SOFT MACHINE produced a tapestry of hard-boiled rock that is, magically, still able to flow smoothly from one idea to another. Speaking of ideas, some of them (musical themes, that is) are repeating with no particular reason, but they are certainly giving a spleen of a strong artistic statement, almost avantgarde in its attitude...while the truth is actually just a shining of sheer intelligence of the authors blended with their sophisticated sense of humour.

Usually, the albums are failing in their consistency (and artistic value as well) if they are not well-balanced with entirely different moods that the music itself is trying to provoke. That's not the case withVolume Two, because Wyatt & Co. captured MAGIC at first place.

With such a nice set of vectors packed onto one album pointing into your brain's centre for emotions, I would feel really lobotomised by labeling this album with anything else but a masterpiece status. Again.

clarke2001 | 5/5 |


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