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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.22 | 48 ratings

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2 stars The superb cover art is the most memorable thing about 'McLuhan'. It's such a pity that the music within is so dated and of it's time.

Maybe some electronics would have helped. 'Anomaly' is played on all the conventional instruments you'd expect to hear from an album released in 1970. It's very 'horn rock' orientated and has some pretty whacked out lyrics to boot which is a plus point. At times it almost enters the territory of Big Band Jazz.

Despite being from Chicago, there's an air of underground Britishness about the whole feel of this recording. I think there's actually twelve musicians that make up 'McLuhan'. I've seen photos of them with their shoulder length hair over their faces like half drawn curtains. In fact I've not seen as much collective facial hair since I was last in the Monkey House in Edinburgh zoo.

David Wright's vocals are pleasant enough but have very little originality, but his spoken parts are pretty good, though infrequent.

All the instruments are played competently enough on this brassy proto-prog album but I always feel disconnected and remote from proceedings. It sounds nothing like the way the cover art looks. I can't give points for artwork so it doesn't look too promising for 'Anomaly' scoring high marks from me.

Dobermensch | 2/5 |


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