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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Mashmakhan's The Family is a fairly different album than its predecessor, but it remains typically Mashmakhan-like in terms of sound, despite longer tracks. With a superb winter landscape as artwork, this second album confirms the group's talent (unchanged line-up) would also be their last album, despite a few posterior singles and many line-up changes and eventually folding by the end of 73.

Starting with the excellent Children Of The Sun (not a cover), where SÚnÚcal's organ and flute are the dominating instruments, the album features the group's instrumental chops The Family and The Prince are two unusual tracks, the former sounding like Neill Young crashing into CS&N, while the latter starts out a bit goofy, but has a stunning instrumental mid- section, before returning to its chorus-verse canvas. Come Again is a sax-driven track and it' is too bad it ends in a fade-out, because I think their extended version held some more cool chops on the sax. A cool Children Laughing follows. After a short Couldn't Find The Sun, the album ends on Start All Over, which ended up in the singles chart as their second-betst hit.

A much "proggier" album than its debut, The Family fais to confirm the high hopes that we had for them after the first effort, and unfortunately it also spelled as the debut of the end, an end that would lasts over two years with further singles attempts and line-up changes. Again, close nut no cigar.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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