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Phil Manzanera


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3.40 | 28 ratings

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3 stars Manzanera's best (and most progressive) work is his "Quite Sun" project and their only album of the same name. His solo albums are usually more pop-oriented, even if some of them are of good quality and enough interesting.

K-Scope is second on the line Manzanera's real solo album. Music there is melodic multi textured art-pop/art-rock in the vein of 10 CC (Lol Crème participated on this album as backing vocalist by the way). In their best moments, musicians play really nice arranged ,if a bit cheesy, soft-rock songs with wide influences from reggae to Latin. In worst - songs are a bit repetitive and too pop-influenced. Anyway, I believe almost any fan of later Roxy Music or 10 CC will like this music.

Personally for me most attractive moments are a bit jazzy arrangements with deep excellent bass of Bill MacCormick. Manzanera's guitar work is very competitive as well, and few Mel Collins sax touches added some pleasant flavour as well.

Not the best, but one between strong art-pop albums of late 70-s.

My rating is 3+.

snobb | 3/5 |


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