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Beautiful Scarlet
3 stars Not a fan of focus although this my favourite album by them.

The opening instrumental contains pastoral rhythm section with relaxing guitar lead, a bit to long but still nice (7mins would be better).

Why Dream is a nice and memorable short song. Happy Nightmare (Mescaline) is the same kind of soft late 60s early 70s poppy song, both are tasteful.

Anonymous opens with a stately classical infused intro then heads into flute dominated hard rock then piano with the same vivacious energy then bass solo over mean hi hats then the band comes together to bring it home, a nice instrumental that doesn't where it's self out.

Black Beauty and Sugar Island unlike Why Dream/Happy Nightmare are bad late 60s/ early 70s pop. Lame cringe inducing songs.

Focus (Vocal) is alright, doesn't feel like a real song though, feels like it's purpose is the same as Bulb (Egg) or Surely (Supertramp)

Overall this is a solid debut by a legendary band, Focus. Just shy of 4/5 because of the tracks black beauty and sugar island.

Beautiful Scarlet | 3/5 |


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