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Return To Forever


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.42 | 168 ratings

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I can't believe Im giving only 2 stars to an absolute classic of Latin Jazz. The musicianship is great, the rhodes electric keyboard floors you with its speed, but there aren't that many hooks and diversity, making this album a bit dull if you are focused in it. Also, the melodies can sometimes be weak as well as the female vocalist.

You're Everything starts as a bad song with good rhode keyboards in the background. The singing here is terrible. Then, the music accelerates and gets a bit better, but the singer still sings awkwardly.

The title track begins mellow with slightly better singing and pretty good instrumentation. However, The part where the keyboard goes "wha wha" has absolutely terrible vocals. The rest of the song is mostly a pretty good jam with virtuosic instrumentation and a reprise of the beginning with the bad vocals.

Captain Marvel is a latin jazz jam and doesn't bring anything new to the album as it sounds like the title track.

500 Miles High is another virtuosic jam with rhode keyboards. The musicianship here is excellent, but the songwriting is nonexistent as it contains bad vocals and melodies.

Children's song has a simple theme repeated to death without any development.

The best song of the album is a cover song, which shows you how weak the songwriting is here. Spain is an excellent cover of "Sketches of Spain" from Miles Davis. It begins slowly like the Miles version but with the rhodes keyboard. Suddently, the song turns into a catchy latin jazz tune. It is quite repetitive but the music is great.

Overall, I recommend this album only to jazz fusion, free jazz, and rhode electric keyboard fans. The songwriting is very weak in this album, the melodies non-existent, and the vocals painful to listen to. The only saving greace is the musicianship and the great Chick Corea and his keyboard.

Highlights: Light as a Feather, Spain

Let Downs: You're Everything, 500 Miles High, Children's song.

My Grade: D+

Zitro | 2/5 |


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