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Canterbury Scene

3.95 | 56 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars Wow,. There is very Brittish sounding and good, laid back hippie jazz-rock with some quite experimental phases found from this record. Long tracks build up from only few themes, which are explored trough long jam passages. The keyboard driven sound with a lady singer and jazzy rhythm section with few visits of violin brings to me associations of some early Curved Air songs, though the overall quality of Zyma's music is in my opinion mostly better, focusing to more compact amount of elements. There are no hit-songs included, and there is also male vocals present. Also a slighlty down-to-earth & hornless version of Soft Machine could be one way to describe the music with a comparison.

The songs flow as logical and pleasant entities, and the experimental freak out moments are also logical components, not jokes out of the context. All of the tunes are very good, though maybe the most wildest experiments like song "One Way Street" weren't a highlight for me, though not irritating experience either. CD version has some bonus tracks, which have heavier guitar/keyboard riffs than the original release songs. Sound quality is also little poorer, though song are otherwise good, containing also dramatic and moody phases and creating interesting tunes for listening if you like the record otherwise.

This album is very relaxing listening experience, and I would warmly recommend it to anybody liking the early 70's jazzy Brittish prog sound, as though the time and place of it production, it really fits to this style and aesthetics with surprising accuracy.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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