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SOFTS

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

3.69 | 145 ratings

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hdfisch
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4 stars Edited 10/15/2005!

This album by THE SOFT MACHINE sounds really completely different from all the ones they did before. And I fully understand that early hardcore fans might be disappointed by it. Like on "Bundles" already the experimental and psychedelic character of their music has disappeared here mostly making place for a really well done jazz fusion which is fully enjoyable. Although I like as well quite a lot of their previous stuff in the meantime, I still have to say this one and the even better "Bundles" are the only albums by them I can enjoy on their whole. As an example Marshall's drum solo in Track "Kayoo", the only compositions done by him alone on here is just amazing and despite it starts to be a wee more adventurous in the next track with a slightly demented guitar solo, it's still a rather easy and nice listen. "Nexus" is a very short keyboard piece and with "One Over The Eight" they're finding their way back into real great jazz rock with an amazing saxophone playing and the rest of the musicians entering, just awesome, I'm missing words to describe it, just incredibly good music. Last one "Etka" , an Etheridge composition is a wonderful acoustic guitar piece.

Some people may say Jenkins' SOFT MACHINE was not worth any more to carry this name. I might agree to that speaking about later albums like "Rubber Riff" and "Land of Cockayne", but this one and the predecessor "Bundles" were really excellent! Highly recommended for any jazz fusion fan!

hdfisch | 4/5 |

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