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MASQUES

Brand X

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.12 | 104 ratings

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BrainStillLife
5 stars The first and last of the first Brand X formation albums without Phil Collins. Replacing Collins is a much less known artist by the name of Chuck Bergi, there is also an additional percussionist. In my opinion Morroccan Roll is overrated whereas Masques is overlooked simply because it doesn't feature Phil Collins. For me Brand X means a lot more than just Collins's drumming altho it's an important part of it. The album kicks off with "The Poke", a mindblowing prove that Masques will continue the high level of the earlier records. Then a short piece: "Masques", which has a desert-like snuggy jazzy beat with again lots of the arabian/north african influence. Black Moon is a distant spacejazz effort which stands out with it's massive relaxing energy. The longest piece is the over 11-minute long Deadly Nightshade which quite nicely jumps from quiet parts to fast parts to loud atmospheric parts. Goodsall's guitar is dominant and Percy Jones's fretless bass runs up and down. Earth Dance starts with a quiet intro and evolves through a bass/conga part into a fast musical freefall where every band member is on fire. Not without a thought one of the band's best efforts ever. Access to Data is another fine tune with some enjoyable sequences. The Ghost of Mayfield Lodge is an excellent 10-minute long concise tune which evolves through multiple parts and ends quietly. All in all Masques is an overlooked gem in the Brand X discography that should have more reputation.
BrainStillLife | 5/5 |

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