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FEELS GOOD TO ME

Bill Bruford

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.91 | 130 ratings

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Gatot
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5 stars I knew this album after I have listened to the second album "One of a Kind". As for debut album, this is really great album. It has a unique musical composition. The music is fusion of jazz and rock but it's different with RETURN TO FOREVER or WHEATHER REPORT. If you happen to know FINNEUS GAUGE, yeah it's the same. I think FG has been heavily influenced by BRUFORD.

"Beelzebub" is well positioned to open the album. It's an uplifting jazz-rock fusion instrumental with dynamic drumming and great harmony. It has a very strong composition. " Back to the Beginning" is a track with female vocal of ANNETTE PEACOCK. Her vocal is really pure and fit with the song. ALLAN HOLDSWORTH plays great solo guitar in the interlude part. I have never heard any music that similar to the kind of music of this song. To me, it's a unique melody and composition. ANNETTE performs really well here. Again .. on "Seems Like a Lifetime Ago (Pt. 1) & (Pt. 2)" ANNETTE PEACOCK performs his vocal nicely in a very unique way. You may enjoy these two tracks as they flow nicely with smooth transitions between changing tempo. "Sample and Hold" is another excellent instrumental piece with simple drumming at intro followed by a complicated instrumentation in a staccato style. It's really great intro. The music then flows to keyboard sound and solo with accompanying lead guitar and jazzy beat drumming. I especially like this song because of the "vibraphone" (or the like) used in addition to drumming. Blended nicely with other instruments.

For typical fusion lover, I would recommend to jump to track 6 directly, i.e. "Feels Good to Me". This is the simplest song in entire songs of the album. The lead melody with keyboard sound is straightforward, you can emulate easily. When you find at the end of the song, there is a nice swift of melody where drum beat changes to higher tempo, accompanied with solo guitar and piano. Wonderful segment!

You will then experience the melancholy part of this album under "Either End of August". It is a slow and heartbreaking song. The flugelhorn is played beautifully followed by solo bass by BERLIN and continued with other instrument. JEFF BERLIN does his work on bass really well as he plays the bass as melody as well. What a unique song here. You may find that this song is a typical jazz song but if you observe the details, you will find that the composition is different. " If You Can't Stand the Heat..." is another uplifting track with vibraphone-like sound at the intro followed with solo bass as melody and solo guitar. It has a great tempo and full of energy.

The album is concluded nicely with a relatively long track "Adios a la Pasada (Goodbye to the Past)" that consumes 8:41 minutes. ANNETTE PEACOCK comes back again in this song with his unique style. The tempo varies widely during the span of this track. And . this track is well positioned to close the album.

What it is, is this Is what it is You and I exist Therefore we are becoming Here we are in this precisely now

How amazing is this life.

Yeah . life is so amazing!! Especially with progressive music like BRUFORD's Feels Good To Me and One of a Kind. The two deserve FIVE STAR. Songwriting is great. Beautiful composition, great musicianships, excellent production quality and great overall performance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! - Gatot Widayanto, Indonesia.

Gatot | 5/5 |

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