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Henry Cow

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.09 | 156 ratings

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tuxon
3 stars Canterbury jazz, with complex rhythms, and symphonic even classical overtones, the melodies seem a bit contrived, but after a couple of listenings they will come to you in splendid harmony. Not an easy listening experience for sure.

A highlight for me is the song Amygdala, with beautifull melodies and ever-changing mood, slow melodics and some slightly harder guitar passages. Teenbeat takes 7 minutes or so to get interesting, but the final 4 minutes are worth your attention. and the reprise is really good, with more upfront easier to comprehend symphonic layers of jazz. Nine Funerals is the only song featuring vocals, but luckily not so much.

At moments this is rather good, but it's difficult to enter, and you have to really want to like it to really appreciate it. For historical significance it can't be discarded, but this is only for fans of the RIO genre (for historical relevance), and the really die-hard canterbury fans.

Approach with caution, and don't expect flamboyance, or cheerfulness.

tuxon | 3/5 |

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