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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.77 | 143 ratings

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4 stars With such a dream-team line-up (Corea, Clarke, White, DiMeola) you know you're in good hands. Indeed, this is great album, technical delight, ideas galore, it's pleasant, but it's not perfect. The technical skills are burden of this record; they work fine, but I would prefer slight less show-offs, and a bit more coherency. The songs are...brutal. From mellow fusion moments to the insane 32nd-note madness, these guys were in fusion what DREAM THEATER are in prog metal. Technicalities aside, there's a lot to be enjoyed, even if you're not much into fusion. There are some really weird melodies, a funk riff on a synth so deconstructed it sounds almost atonal. But it leads to more conventional tune (if you can call that sinister drumming conventional).

As the name of one song is " Excerpt From The First Movement Of Heavy Metal", I challenge the listeners to find the traces of heavy metal on this fusion record! Oh's not that least not when you are listening to that spasmic piano passage, pseudo-classical and pseudo-flamenco (Albeniz??), which in its full furiousness cross-fades into different arrangement of the you are on your way. Destination is unknown, but it will certainly be an experience.

clarke2001 | 4/5 |


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