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AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE

Jimi Hendrix

 

Proto-Prog

3.90 | 189 ratings

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Mattiias
5 stars Rating: 10/10

First of all, Hendrix was a great, talented, musician.

Of course he was a gifted and tremendous guitar player too.

But he was a music researcher that actually used the guitar -exploding almost every aspect of it- as the main tool for his purposes.

And the final proof of that is the brighting, sparkling "Axis: bold as love".

An exciting, genial, full of ideas craft work document.

If "Are you experienced?" was mostly based on interpretation, "Axis" kept that electrifying side but also added incredible songwriting skills to it.

Every song here -from the mind blowing beginning with "EXP" and a perfectly accurate personification by Hendrix playing an alien and his immortal Fender simulating a spaceship take off going amazingly from channel left to right, to the glorious end of the terrificly melodic "Bold as love"- is undeniably a stand out and it wouldn't be necessary to point each of them, but it really gets unfair not to.

It is still so inspiring and profound every time "Little wing" fills the air... its beauty conjugated perfectly to a flawless harmony composition and one splendid Hendrix as minimum: the several chord blocks placed one above another sounds pretty much as a whole symphonic orchestra intro.

His jazz crossings on "Up from the sky" in which bass delivers an irresistible groove; the upright hard rock that falls like a thunder over the incredible riff of "Spanish castle magic" or brings superb rawness on the hard rock-pro punk "Ain't no telling" and definitely reaches a peak of ambition and expanding on "If 6 was 9".

Rock 'n roll is firmly present.

Hendrix also gives himself space for humor and accurately makes a crossover -as if he was a precocious Frank Zappa- between mood and melody on "Wait until tomorrow", "You got me flowing" and the festive "She's so fine".

To finish up fairly, "One rainy wish" and "Little miss lover" are NOT by any means minor tracks: enchanting melody, excellent song build-up and -as in the whole album- expertly accomplished songwriting.

In fact it still sounds futuristic.

"Axis" is the ultimate and most hallucinating trip Hendrix has ever made: a visionary and also revolutionary craftsman mounted on his Fender riding through a cosmical voyage.

Actually if you go and play this music RIGHT NOW you may possibly feel something like that... or at least it will blow your mind just like if it was recorded yesterday.

Mattiias | 5/5 |

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