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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.13 | 244 ratings

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3 stars Where Have I Know You Before ? 1974 (3/5) 11 ? Best Song: Where Have I?anything?before.

This is the point where I can start to see the style growing a tiny bit cold on me. It's a good style, hard-boiled and stable for what it is ? takes massive chops, but I can't say I'd love hundreds of albums in a row where folks blindly play whatever sounds complicated. Sometimes I want a ballad. Sometimes I want a real window into the aspect of human emotions. As hard as I try, I just can't seem to relate to the likes of 'The Shadow of Lo'. They are more intent on creating a mood than they are evoking some deep sense of emotion. It's finally growing stale, their music for music's sake. Al Di Meola is still on board although they seem less interested in showcasing him. Half the time I don't even notice he's there. So in general, the album comes off as quite boring. There are a few sparse raindrops of enlightenment, though. Any of the songs that begin with Where Have I (seen you, loved you, danced with you) before, are brilliant little piano ditties that mesh so well between the epic, long winded jamming. Half of this album has a late night aura to it, and when the guitar does come in fully for 'Beyond the Seventh Galaxy' it's a minor treat. Where Have I is a solid release, but they're sticking far too much to their formless formula of mindless wailing to really hit me anymore.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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