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Ayers Rock


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.70 | 28 ratings

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4 stars On this album the jazz fusion influence was much more overt, employing the much more sophisticated harmonic language of jazz and greater melodic effort, less reliance on blues scale, and greater prominence to Col Loughnan's winds and keyboards. There is still a commercial side to the band, on tracks like "Little Kings" and the Cyclone Tracey tribute "Song For Darwin" - although the latter has a somewhat crazy introduction, I'm guessing intended as a representation of the cyclone. You may not have believed it possible, but Mark Kennedy's drumming has gotten even better, more rhythmically fluid and inventive, shown to particularly good effect in tracks like "Catchanemu". A string section adds to the quality of "A Place To Go', though their reappearance at the beginning of "Angel In Disguise" is somewhat schmaltzy. A welcome progression from their first album.
sl75 | 4/5 |


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