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TRANSPARENTAL

Jan Akkerman

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

1.73 | 8 ratings

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Vibrationbaby
1 stars Avant-garde elevator crap

Insert sound of toilet flushing here. Well, that's not fair Jan Akkerman is arguably one of the greatest guitarists this planet has produced but he certainly is not that on this pile of garbage. You would think that he might have learned something after losing his contract with Atlantic Records after 1979s catastrophic Jan Akkerman 3. Kaz Lux's soulful vocals are just wasted here and can't save anything that is about to go wrong on Transparental. And don't be decieved by the fact that Jan's old Focus buddy Pierre van der Linden is on drums and that keyboard wizard Rick van der Linden is also part of this conspiracy.

The absolute worst piece of rot that Akkerman has ever produced can be found on this record ( it never made it onto CD for good reason ) in the form of The Party Is Over a bad attempt at reggae that would have Bob Marley doing backflips in his grave. Maybe he should have called it My Career Is Over just like he should have called I Don't Take It Much Longer I Can't Take It Any Longer. Both don't even deserve to be called music. The title track features a riff that would later surface on Funkology from 1982s It Could Happen To You. At least some good emerged from this scrap heep. A ballad appears in the form of Marsha. Who was Marsha? Some cheap callgirl? Inspiration is a funked up atrocity that reminds me of some of the trash that appeared on Jan Akkerman 3, but what was it inspired by? The seagulls fighting over the carcass of a rotting fish at the local garbage dump.

I honestly would rather listen to a CÚline Dion record that the dog got a hold of. It's so sad that such great talent can get sucked down by a maestrom of sludge and swept into the gutter. Tranparental is great to listen to if you're having drunken bimbo sex at 3:30 AM. I can't go more than one star on this piece of work and that's only for the cover. If you want to hear what the Jan Akkerman/Kaz Lux duo can do I suggest 1977s Eli or the 1969 self titled Brainbox album. Staaaaaay away from this one at all costs. Sorry Jan.

Vibrationbaby | 1/5 |

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