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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.66 | 48 ratings

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4 stars If you're looking for crunchy, semi-psychedelic jazz fusion, you've come to the right place.

I say that because there's plenty of the stuff found in this album. I actually got it off of a recommendation from a friend of mine who is a big Niacin fan, and he told me to start here. After listening to it several times intently, I can see why he said so. This is quite an amazing album. With a trio consisting of Billy Sheenan, Dennis Chambers, and John Novello, you should already have a general idea of what the music is going to sound like. The Hammond Organ, bass, and drums are all very powerful. The soloing especially from Sheenan on his bass is pretty mind-blowing, and the organ has a noticeable similarity to ELP in it. A really good reason for a prog fan to be interested in starting here with Niacin would be the cover of King Crimson's Red, which I have to admit, is pretty interesting as far as cover songs go. That song, Stone Face, Daddy Long Leg, and Blue Wind are the tracks that stand out the most to me.

This album however does have a few weaknesses. Many of the songs start to sound fairly similar after a period of time and (this is something that I usually don't complain about) because of this, the album probably could have done well without being this long. Otherwise, if you enjoy instrumental music and want to hear psychedelic inspired jazz fusion that I can only describe with the word "crunchy", then this is a 4 star album you'll definitely want to check out.

horsewithteeth11 | 4/5 |


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