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4.03 | 80 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!

Impressive line-up for this second version of Quiet Sun. Yes Manzanera and McCormick rejoin to do yat another album after the superb QS's Mainstream, but augmented with Monkman (Curved Air), Phillips and Eno (already present on Mainstream). However this album is not quite as inspired as Mainstream (which was anything but...) as the Canterbury music as been replaced by a solid pop with prog leanings, still with that great Manzanera fuzz guitar, but little else..... except for the reprise of Rongwrong which IMHO was the worst QS track albeit abriged from 9 to 5 mins.

The not easily recognizable the Beatles cover starts things off rather interestingly and is quickly followed by the best track on the album East of Asteroid (easily the most powerfull track on the album) but Eno composition take over with the good Sombre Reptile , and the not that good Baby's on Fire both reminiscent of Roxy. Another highlight is Diamond Head but the Kinks reprise is clearly one of the worst I heard, and the album finishes on a good note with Eno's Third Uncle rather power poppish.

Not indispensible and certainly less interesting than Quiet Sun , this album is still worth a spin. Too bad the following and last album was a bit of a bore and lost all energy.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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