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3 stars Unlike GENESIS, when Phil COLLINS left BRAND X the level and commitment to musical creativity and originality did not die. In fact I enjoy the post Phil COLLINS era BRAND X as much as that with him. "X-Communication" features the line-up of Percy Jones, John Goodsall and Frank Katz who blend rock, jazz, funk and fusion into this masterful recording. This powerful trio get into some pretty wild musical moments with heavy instrumental workouts and complex performances. "X-Communication" showcases the fretless bass action of Percy Jones with the complex rhythms of Frank Katz and the agile fingerings of john Goodsall. Without a question "X-Communication" is a magnificent album and is highly recommended to all fans of progressive rock.
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Posted Sunday, March 21, 2004 | Review Permalink
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4 stars When I heard this, the first Brand X album in ten years, I thought, "This is very good, but there's something missing here." What's missing is Robin Lumley, or more generally, a keyboard player. While John Goodsall's guitar playing is as fast and as interesting as ever, Percy Jones bass playing is as great as Percy Jones almost always is, and Frank Katz' drumming makes you forget that singer who used to be a drummer, the lack of a keyboardist leaves the songs without that lushness and high-speed precision that Lumley added to the band.

Now, mind you, the songwriting is still like classic Brand X (without the Phul Colons pop songs, thankfully), and the entire disk from start to finish provides for a fantastic listening experience. So, for me, it's best to not try to compare this with the classic Brand X albums, and just sit back and enjoy.

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Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | Review Permalink

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