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FIVE EVEN

Gongzilla

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 8 ratings

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Anon-E-Mouse
3 stars Cool and groovy stuff that would please Ben Harper and Morcheeba fans. A bit of Lynyrd Skynird also thrown in for good measure. Prog is found here in minute traces only.

The band's last album is a marked deviation from the Gong legacy, to the point that the formerly multi-national European approach had given way to semi-commercial American preferences.

This album marks the transition between Gong and the less inspiring Hansford Rowe solo work that followed. The largely spoken lyrics are somewhat amusing at times and some very slick southern guitar slinging goes down very nicely. But Gong it ain't no more. Even Benoit Moerlen had been replaced by a new addition on vibes, who is barely permitted to be heard.

The exceptionally talented guitarist, David Fiuczynski is still present and provides a welcome relief, whenever he is offered a brief chance. How Kai Eckhadt ended up being associated with this work - if only for a few very pleasing notes - remains a mystery to me. I know of him as of an excellent jazz musician associated with John McLaughlin. Then again, around this time even McLaughlin was having difficulties with securing a record contract. Hand to mouth situation?

At first listen this album appears to be very pleasant and immediately accessible and that's a bit of a concern. But only time will tell.

For now I would rate it 3.5, but it may change in future - either way.

Anon-E-Mouse | 3/5 |

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