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UNDERGROUND

Braen's Machine

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.95 | 14 ratings

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BORA
3 stars All instrumental "Spaghetti Western" meets early Pink Floyd with an active bass player - and a bit of Shadows on the side. An absolutely unique piece and worth hearing - if only for the experience and to broaden one's horizon in an era of today's rather predictable offerings.

Admittedly, 42 years after it's release it sounds very dated. Yet, I just can't dismiss it as irrelevant as it's so amusing - for what it is and the effort in creating something different. It's going back to the roots of Prog in a charming manner that everyone should hear - if only for the sake of it.

A definite Psychedelic leaning of which some motivated instrumentation was lovingly heaped on. Somewhat lightweight, yet an endearing effort. The first impression is the guitar work that's reminiscent of early Shadows. A bit embarrassing really, but soon one becomes aware of a rather dominant and skillful bass-line that carries through the whole album. It stands out in the mix perhaps excessively, but even so it is a pleasure to pay attention to.

After the first few minutes "Shadows" have largely been retired, giving more prominence to some jazzy piano runs, some tasteful flute additions. It is pleasant, non-offensive material all the way through, even that the closing pieces are close to "popcorn music" and largely forgettable.

The effort goes beyond just creating soundtracks and not aiming at the Pop charts. Even that I may not be tempted to spin it on a monthly basis, I feel that it has historical value that deserves recognition. Having created a warm, inner glow within, I feel so much richer to have heard this piece.

Essential it isn't, only a pleasant surprise. 3.5 for the effort.

BORA | 3/5 |

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