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UNIVERS ZERO (1313)

Univers Zero

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.24 | 159 ratings

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BrufordFreak
5 stars While I can appreciate the stunningly fresh feeling this music must have evoked when it first appeared in 1977, I have to agree with some of my fellow reviewers here that UZ's music will mature and evoke more emotion on future releases. Still, the compositional skill and vision presented here, coupled with performances from musicians who were obviously masters at their instruments, makes me want to rate this album very highly. Denis' drumming is, as mentioned, so unusual--much more akin to the work of a classical orchestra's percussionist. The clarity of the recording of all of the instruments is another very welcome, appreciated features here. Makes me understand where Robert Fripp and Co. must have found a lot of their ideas and inspiration.

Favorite songs are the opening epic, "Ronde" (14:58) (especially its middle section with Denis' frenzied drumming) (9/10) and the lighter "Malaise" (7:47) (9/10).

4.5 stars (because the band has so far yet to go) but I have to include this one among the pantheon of 'masterpieces' because of its astounding freshness.

BrufordFreak | 5/5 |

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