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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 984 ratings

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4 stars Edited 10/6/2005!

After listening I don't know exactly how many times to their highly praised third release I'm able to find at least half of it quite enjoyable. Still I've got to say I find "Facelift" rather dreadful and not really a great piece of music. My favourites are "Slightly all the time" and " Moon in June" despite Robert Wyatt's unique vocals which I'm not really a big fan of usually, but here they're fitting quite nicely I've to say. The very psychedelic track "Out-bloody-rageous" is a good one as well, at least the middle part since I just find the electronic intro and outro parts just too long and dragging. With half of its running time it would have become a great track. " Moon in June" offers in its instrumental part a great typical Canterbury feeling and all musicians are presenting an excellent performance. As a summary I'd like to say SOFT MACHINE's "Third" is certainly an essential album in the Canterbury category and although I don't like all of the four very long tracks and it's not my favourite album by them (that's "Bundles") I still consider it worth a 4 star rating. Usually I'm programming tracks 2 and 3 on my player and I'm getting an excellent single album with 37 minutes after all.

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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