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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.01 | 319 ratings

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5 stars Soft Machine Volume Two, presented to you by the college of pataphysics, but first a presentation of the British Alphabet.

This album is downright crazy, almost in a way Frank Zappa crazy. Avant-garde, Improvisition, and lots of Psychedlicness, and just as much off the wall wierdness come together to make this, I feel anyway, the best Soft Machine album. After the departure of Kevin Ayers as the vocalist, it feels as if Soft Machine just shattered into a million pieces and fell into utter insanity. There isn't many songs here that are subdued or find a nice rhythm or beat before smashing off into crazyness, and it seems to just get more crazy as the album progresses with full out Jazzy freakouts like Out of Tunes and Fire Engines Passing. Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening is really the only "peaceful" song on this album, and it still comes across as being Avant-Garde with Wyatts strange vocals.

All the muscians are in top form with Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper, and Mike Ratledge (as well as guest Brian Hopper) playing with a barely contained (and indeed sometimes uncontained in the songs Out of Tunes and Fire Engines) intensity.

Sheavy | 5/5 |


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