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ONE WORLD

John Martyn

Prog Folk


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Sean Trane
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3 stars After almost three years since his last studio deceiving album Sunday's Child, most of Martyn's fans were expecting pmich of the coming One World. To say the least, the album did not get unanimous acceptance by the fans: those expecting another Solid air were definitely disappointed, however those wanting more accessible tunes were very happy. Indeed Martyn wrote maybe his poppiest album of the 70's, whether Stevie Winwood's presence over most of the tracks, and the gradual disappearance of Danny Thompson (less than half the tracks), but one feels an era has passed, and it won't come back. Winwood himself was in a transitional phase of his cerreer and released his first (excellent) solo album the same year, but it would be another 5 year until the hugely successful (sales-wise anyway) Arc Of A Diver

Don't get fooled by the opening track Dealer, it's not the Traffic track, but a Martyn original that IMHO does make hint at the 68 song. but it's relatively funky and upbeat, a perfect way to start an album, even if the track is only average at best. Much more interesting is the slow title track, where Martyn's echoplex effect pedals are used to great effects under Handsford Rowe's (future Gongzilla) superb round bass. Another winner is Smiling Stranger with Winwood's Arabic strings synths in the background, but again Solid Air is ac distant memory. The didgeridoo-lead Big Muff track features Brand X's Morris Pert on percussions, but the track is not only repetitive, but overstays its welcome by a good three minutes. Not sure if the co-author Lee Perry uses the "Scratch" epithet, but like many tunes f this album, the track is on the limit between funk and reggae.

The flipside sees the return of Danny Thompson on bass, and directly with a bow on the contrabass, Couldn't Love You More is a return to Bless the Weather, but the following Captain Surprise sticks out like a sore thumb, especially the cheesy trad jazz sax solo. You might gas well ship the next Dancing track, to get faster to the album's best piece, the almost 9-mins, the sleep inducing (and aptly titled) Small Hours.

Actually, although this album is often fondly remembered, I personally think that it is of the same accabit as Sunday's Child, possibly even worse of the 70's. The strory doesn't tell you whether Martyn himself was pleased with the album, but it certainly did not prompt him back soon in the studio as the the next (and much betterŕ Grace And Danger wouldn't huit the shops until three years later. As for this one, it certainly is NOT a priority

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Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#245715)
Posted Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Review Permalink
3 stars One World is one of John Martyn's more experimental works. All the albums of his that I've heard have laid-back moods, but possess their own characters. This is quite atmospheric, and the way that Martyn blended his signature rhythmic, echoey guitar sounds with jazzy drumming, funky bass and swirling keyboards over his slurred, bluesy vocals once again made him a true individual.

It's a very strong timeless album that makes superb late-night listening. "Smiling Stranger" and the dub influenced "Big Muff" which was collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry are delightful. Steve Winwood also contributes his keyboards to the album.

"Couldn't Love You More" and "Certain Surprise" are lovely, very melodic pieces and are two favourites along with the dreamy title track, plus "Dancing" which is a really uplifting summer breeze of a song, and last but not least the spacey, ambient "Small Hours".

A lot of the songs were recorded in the early hours and the mood is captured perfectly. I just discovered that it's three years to the day since this artist's passing, but his wonderful music will continue to influence many people. Three and a half stars.

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Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 | Review Permalink

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