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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.78 | 114 ratings

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4 stars I was more familiar with mid-to-late seventies Kraan work, where it is more jazz-tinged rock and funk with a few exceptions. In Andy Nogger, we have more experimental and prog sounds, although it is easy to see from where the late sounds come, since the rhythm section is very strong through the whole album. It is more jazzy than funky.

As for the songs themselves, there are two instrumentals, which are the best songs of the album, especially Holiday am Matterhorn, where the players are let loose and do the best playing in the whole album. Nam Nam is more funky, but also a terrific song. Of the songs with vocals, the closer, Yellow Bamboo, is the best, with a superb bass riff and sax solos with effects, including sounding like a violin sometimes.

The effects are a highlight in this song, as they are in Home and Son of the Sun, in which the experimental parts make the band sound closer to experimental Krautrock bands. It is a pitty that these parts are kinda short, and the rest of Home and Son of the Sun are good, but not that special. As for the other songs, they have great playing, but they are not that interesting, since, in my opinion, the sung parts and not well integrated with the instrumental parts and they didn't manage to get the best of its elements.

Even so, it is still a superb album that is worthy listening.

mickcoxinha | 4/5 |


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