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Brand X


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.28 | 43 ratings

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3 stars This latter-day Brand X album is well worth hearing. Some of the funky tunes (e.g. Stellerator) go on for too long (and drummer Frank Katz mainly serves to remind you how special Phil Collins really was) but it's oh so good to have Percy Jones (fretless bass) and John Goodsall (lead guitar) joining forces again! Jones is outstanding on Virus (which could be described as fun power pop with ambient bass interludes) and The Worst Man (fun funk with weird synths). Goodsall has two of his best-ever moments on the title track (sublime power-chord rock with ecstatic solos) and on Operation Hearts and Minds (which features a grandiose guitar climax). My version of this CD (Purple Pyramid 1997) includes two hidden tracks, one of which is a drum solo, apparently by Pierre Moerlen (whom I saw live with Brand X around the time this disc was released), whereas the other is a highly atmospheric instrumental, once again with starring roles for Goodsall's guitar and Jones's bass.
fuxi | 3/5 |


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