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Brand X


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 364 ratings

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The Owl
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4 stars A very promising debut from what started as a means for several London-based session musicians and one Phil Collins to blow off some creative steam. "Nuclear Burn" fires off the first salvo of insane tempos,intricate drumming and dense sonic atmospheres. My only complaint about this tune is that it needed more melodic development at the start, other than that a real barnburner. "Euthenasia Waltz" by stark contrast offers upa funky 6/8 groove and labguid acoustic guitar by Goodsall with Percy Jones stuttering madly underneath. "Born Ugly" kicks up the funk factor even more as Percy unleashes delightfully slithery fretless bass lines and the band gives it all they got. "Smacks of Euphoric Hysteria" is my favorite cut, with a great serpentine melody line from Goodsall and a cool Mahavishnu Orch.-esque arpeggiated ending with all kinds of cool spooky percussion noises (water gongs I believe). The title cut however doesn't really stick with me, very low key and not very memorable. HOwever, the lull is shattered by "Running ON Three" where everyone fires phrases back and forth and stays together at ridiculous speeds. The closer is the short "Touch Wood" featuring a rare appearance by Percy on acoustic bass and a gust spot by saxophonist Jack Lancaster. Not a bad closer but not a real strong one either. The next album > Moroccan Roll" would go light years further but this was certainly a great start all told.
The Owl | 4/5 |


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