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Traffic Sound


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.14 | 11 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars The end of the road

Having enjoyed an all too brief existence, Traffic Sound's final album "Lux" was released in 1971. Prior to recording, Willy Thorne (bass and keyboards) left the band, to be replaced by the wonderfully named Zulu.

The album is understandably influenced by the political turmoil which affected the band's homeland of Peru at the time, the music displaying stronger local styles and sounds than previous offerings. Those ethnic influences are muted though on the opening title track, which mixes The Doors with other late 60's pop.

As the album develops, the sax and flute which distinguished previous outings increase their presence. Tracks such as "Inca snow" are interesting and for their time adventurous, but they do end up sounding a little clumsy now. The feature track is the 10 minute "Marabunta" a piece which melds several variants of prog (and non-prog) and also features some laid back sax improvisation.

"Survival" and "A beautiful day" are the lightest tracks on the album, and were presumably intended as potential singles. As such, they are very much of their time and pleasantly inoffensive. They do though sound rather out of place in the context of the album.

In all, a good album for the band to close on. While never likely to start a revolution in music terms, the band is to be admired for producing fine music at a turbulent time in their country's history.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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