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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 983 ratings

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4 stars This is excellent and its an album that has a good feel to it with clever arrangements that take the songs on bizarre journeys never make it simply relentless or mundane. The work outs are amazing and those insane solos always do it for me, very unique and real nice jazz influence on this lp. At first it sounds like it could be a bit dodgy, the recording is not the best, but "Facelift" was recorded live, the limits of live recording come through here, and is culled from 2 gigs but is more or less seem-less, and builds up a nice texture of avante garde layers before bursting forth with a blend or heavy rhythm and jazz lines. The second track "Slightly All The Time" changes the pattern for the moment but again is another acheivment and very memorable and though this album is made up of 4 pieces taking a side of the double album, there is so much quality and diversity in the work it almost seems short, though by no means is this exactly accessable

The only track that annoys me at times is "Moon In June" which is too long to listen to that voice, its simply inprovised lyric and make some sense of it though very idiosyncratic of Wyatt as his later work with Matching Mole as weŽll as his solo work would testify but "Out- Bloody-Rageous" more than makes up for it, a dreamlike droning intro and outtro but the main content is sublime and again there is smooth change of pace later on in the piece,very aptly titled.

Philo | 4/5 |


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