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Brand X


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.08 | 191 ratings

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4 stars Brand X still going strong even without Phil Collins behind the drum kit. The new drummer is on one side more poppy with way too simple beat structures and very complex in the long suites like "Deadly Nightshade" with its furious tempo or "The Ghost of Mayfield Lodge".

"Access Data" has become a popular concert number, it has a nice symbiose of groove, some instrumental complexity and still does not sound too cold and inaccessible - so has all attributes to capture the attention of most listeners. Keyboards and guitar shine through. "Black moon" is one of the first forays into smooth jazz, a lovely but drumwise very unchallenging track. "Earth dance" with subtle Latin influence is a dark horse on this album thanks to excellent drums, bass and keyboards, I think percussions contribute too.

"The Poke" has a memorable motive.

This is the last classic Brand X album since from 1979, pop-fusion thrash will start appearing on the albums.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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