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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

3.88 | 242 ratings

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2 stars I guess that I will be much less laudatory about this album than my prog reviewer friends. But it has been the same story since their "Volume Two" release.

Some of their works so far should be considered as pure jazz-rock items; and to be honest: this "Softs" album is no other of the story. To my astonishment, I have to admit that the long "Ban-Ban Caliban" is quite well achieved.

Of course, this is jazz-rock all the way through, but so magnificently played and performed! It is truly a HUGE piece of music even if I can't share the genre. I have also to admit that some sort of "Santana" feel is deeply expressed during "Song Of Aeolus". But it is not the first time that one can experience such a great and inspired Carlos moment, right?

This "Softs" album is not of great help in their discography as far as I am concerned. Some good drum solo during "Kayoo"; but I guess that most of you have experienced a better one. At least, I feel so. I preferred the "Bundles" in comparison with this "Softs".

This album brings me back to some of their jazz- improvised music of the past; even if more structured ("One Over The Eight"). The short & acoustic closing is of course more of a Hackett or Howe surprise.

Still, I can't go over two stars for this: actually, five out of ten.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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