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Eclectic Prog

4.11 | 659 ratings

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4 stars The last highly rated progressive rock album of the 70's. There are other good ones too, but mainly present deterioration from the previous output. This debut album puts musicians with very interesting backgrounds together, some of them more classical, some jazzier, some rockier. Bill Bruford makes the drums lively and fluid but not too complicated - the rhythms are damn complex, though. Allan Holdsworth is a large enrichment towards a fusion sound. Wetton's vocal is OK but not necessary needed even for some nice melodies here. Jobson does a good job on the violin, on the keys he isn't as shining as Holdsworth on the guitar - but keyboards are going to win on the next album. "Presto Vivace and Reprise" is a fantastic fusion number and a duel between drums and keyboards in the first half. "Alaska" became a progressive trademark of the band also at concerts. "Time to kill" features wild electric violin soloing by Jobson.

Overall, a very decent effort albeit too poppy at times.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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