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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.02 | 68 ratings

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4 stars This work goes beyond jazz-rock, evolving into something spiritual, which tend to have the emphasis of wilderness. It's the devotion for spirit, soul and the prayer for life. The rhythms are joyful enough for making the album no hard to understand. The sincerity of instruments begin with Marbles in a very unique way. The intro concur with a sort of first movement in which the drums are soft, unlike the bass who run beyond the rhythm, follow the guitar solo and, naturally, the second movement. The third movement is placed around the electric piano, whit his progressive-rock orientation which explode is a so-called guitar orgasm. The final it's not a counterpoint, it's a return to the first movement. On Siren McLaughlin have the rapid sound from Mahavishnu Orchestra, which made him a legend. The disk do not evolve. The spirituality is changing, but do not evolve. After an euphoric moment it comes something silent, and in music silence it may be a rest, may also symbolize a waiting or something which have to do with metaphysics. For example, in the middle of Purpose of When we hear a very interesting fade out which tend to have the same sentiment as the silence. But after the fade out, it comes the fade with the second part of the song which is euphoric. So, the two phases could come together, but do no evolve from one another. McLaughlin have been chosen good listeners to play with him, because he also was a good listener, and still is, especially in concerts. Larry Young and John played on Miles Davis legendary Bitches Brew and Buddy Miles it's most known as a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys. Devotion is a high-energy fusion album, in which we discover ourselves through a psychedelic glass, like the one from the album cover.
Warhol | 4/5 |


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