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FIFTH [AKA: 5]

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

3.36 | 213 ratings

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Karyobin
4 stars A year on from 4th finds The Softs Wyattless and the drum chair in a period of transition from Phil Howard to the redoubtable Mr John Marshall.

The music now had an even freer feel, as on the opener 'All White' and moments of surreal experimentation as with the sound effects on the Ratledge led 'Drop' with its gorgeous intro and fuzzed organ.

'MC' follows in a similar vein to 'Drop' before the free workout of 'As If' and John Marshall's, I am a master, statement on 'LBO'.

Ratledge's 'Pigling Bland' shows us the direction 'Six' would take (recorded after the departure of Elton Dean) and the album closer 'Bone' is an odd piece of minimalism to be sure.

Karyobin | 4/5 |

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