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MUSIC MAGIC

Return To Forever

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.71 | 58 ratings

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The Owl
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1 stars AARRRRRRRRGH!!!!

Sounds like Chick was plugged into his E-Meter too long (a Scientology thing)! This Owl thinks what a letdown, from the blazing brilliance of the previous RTF outings to something that sounds like a kitschy pastiche of Helen Reddy howling at the moon, cartoonish brass figures and too much cuteness for its own good.

Gayle Moran was definitely a BAD choice for lead vocals here, she has absolutely ZERO feel for jazz and even less concept of nuance or subtlety. She would've been better off going the Broadway or Opera route, but here she just sticks out like an evil sore thumb.

There's certainly no lack of high-calibre musicians here, but the material is just so unlistenable at times, just too sticky sweet and overwrought.

It could be worse though, Gayle Moran's horrid solo disc could've been reissued on CD (shuddering!)

The Owl | 1/5 |

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