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Magma - Magma [Aka: Kobaļa] CD (album) cover





4.05 | 412 ratings

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3 stars A unique beginning.

This is NOT where I would start for those looking to discover Magma and the Zeuhl genre. Judging from a merely objective standpoint, it would be unfair to consider giving this anything less than a passing grade, given the amount of work that must have gone into everything just to begin the project.

As was noted earlier, the longer songs do not seem to suit Magma's style well. The free roaming jazz passages can only hold themselves for so long before seemingly becoming untwined. Aļna is a personal favorite of mine here, with an almost King Crimson like ending. As a whole, the first side is quite more entertaining than the second. The melodies there don't really hold me.

Normally an album like this would warrant two stars from me, but given it's historical context and the mere work that was done just in ideas and creativity alone give it three.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |


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