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Brand X


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 364 ratings

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4 stars An Essential Jazz Fusion album. This actually used to be my favorite Fusion album, still is one of my favorite. I don't know what it is, but there's something that makes it just perfect. It's like a cook book for making good JF. I can't say it lacks of Originality, because in a way it does and in another, it really doesn't because it's perfect. Also, the quality of the album is crystal clear, sometimes, you doubt the fact that this came out in 1976. I am myself a great Phil Collins fan, drum wise. The first song features his very famous 'cage' drum technique, that he uses in Genesis, especially, in The Cinema Show (Selling England By The Pound). Crazy bass and lots of insane shit. The whole album is extremely diverse in the jazz style. You can find this particular sound in so many other bands, but I'm saying it's generic, on the contrary. It can be soothing, as well as it can fast, aggressive, or just awesome Jazz rock. The keyboard work is cool too, your average Rhodes piano stuff by Robin Lumley. The rest is really bad ass, the way the band just changes the composition of Smacks Of Euphoric Hysteria's chorus. As any good Jazz album, there a good use of a lot of instruments, like flutes, xylophones and etc... like in the cool and calm Self Titled track, that resembles a lot Weather Report. John Goodsall's guitar tone and distortion is wicked, it's really light, but in the same time it has this heavy push, like in Smacks... or in the solo off of Running Of Three. The album ends of with a nice little acoustic composition named Touch Wood. In conclusion I would just like to say, that this was one of my first jazz fusion records, and it's a perfect to start fresh with an amazing musical genre. This album is not a 'pompous' (if I may) masterpiece but it's somewhat perfect and flawless.
Grimfurg | 4/5 |


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