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FOURTH

The Soft Machine

 

Canterbury Scene

3.47 | 232 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars I am a big fan of Third. I think that album has a raw nerve and some superb music. I have been told that Fourth is even better. I disagree.

The opener Teeth is an elegant track with both cool jazz elements and some very intense improvisation parts which builds up the track to an almost crescendo. Superb stuff. Kings and queens is very elegant with some cool jazz parts and a laidback feeling. It is a hypnotic track and it is alone worthy my whole investment in this album. Superb stuff again. I will use a lot of big words about the next track too. Fletcher's Blemish is like sending a flock of wilder beasts through a shopping mall. No structure and just chaos and utter chaos. This track is junk and just that. Junk.

The four parts long Virtually is Soft Machine exploring various themes in an intelligent manner. Again, a blend of cool jazz and intense improvisations over themes. I really like the whole Virtually epos. It is healing for a sore brain and body. It is also very intelligently crafted and captivating. Which is the essence of this band as far as I am concerned. This is another very good album from them. Although it is not as good as Third, I still rate it.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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