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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.20 | 759 ratings

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5 stars A milestone in the canterbury movement and set the standard for the genres unique sound for the next few years. A great display of texture, composition and superb musicianship, providing a myriad of moods at the same time. This is also an essential item for any progressive music lover, and especially for those into psychedelia and fusion. It's difficult to point out a particular highlight here though "Slightly all the Time" holds a special place in my heart as it was my introduction to this album and band, and probably the steadiest instrumental on here. The Robert Wyatt penned "Moon in June" actually defines the canterbury sound alone, being both chaming and challenging on the ear, also being the only track with vocals. Definitely a standout. The rest is is a rollercoaster of moods, from very tense to extremely relaxing and delicate. Soft Machine would further experiment with this direction on their next album but they never quite managed to get the same "magic" as they did here. Essential.
Bj-1 | 5/5 |


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