Brian Auger - Closer To It! (as Oblivion Express) CD (album) cover


Brian Auger


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 15 ratings

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3 stars Brian Auger changed his band's line-up again. But most important, he changed his music. Under heavy influence of Santana's Caravanserai, Brian Auger recorded album full of Latin fusion.

For good and for bad. I loved Auger's some earlier works with Trinity/Julie Driscoll and some early Oblivion Express heavy-organ based albums.

This one is different thing. Very professional in technique and up to time in moment of release, it contains excellent Latin fusion. The problem for me is it sounds more as back-up band in many moments. It will be almost impossible to differ this music from Santana's backing band of same time. But Santana has his excellent guitar and almost always vocal, which both are main soloing accents. In case of Auger most of the time we hear just great backing band without accents at all. Even in some songs with vocal Auger's voice there isn't enough to fill music till balanced point. Brian trying to fill music with his organ (instead of guitar as in Santana), but much lighter keyboard sound than usual for him can't do it properly.

So, in fact when listening album you hear good music, but step by step start to feel that something is missed in it. And in time compositions become too similar even if played perfectly. Still good album, for me it is placed a bit lower than Auger's best works.

snobb | 3/5 |


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