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National Health


Canterbury Scene

4.26 | 486 ratings

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3 stars Second album of National Health - the band,often named last Canterbury Scene supergroup - continues development of music they started on their debut.

After some line-up changes they became just a quartet now (with Henry Cow bassist John Greaves on board). Unhappily, four excellent musicians even more concentrate on music itself: musicianship level is excellent there, but the music isn't. With less early Canterbury jazz fusion elements and more Henry Cow-like chamber sound, it looks musicians are really happy to build even more complex (and lifeless) constructions.

Even from very first song you will ask yourself what happened with usually so playful and improvs-friendly Canterbury sound? Possibly, musical life outside in late 70-s was extremely unfriendly to such music, but the musicians reaction just to play for themselves as complex music as they can, leaving aside all that great freshness Canterbury sound was so well-known during early 70-s, wasn't good decision I afraid.

Great musical abilities demonstration (or just excellent "music for musicians to listen"), but the spirit is gone. Canterbury on the borderline with chamber rock. Not bad,but far from the best it somewhere was.

snobb | 3/5 |


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