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2 stars "Mother Focus" is elusive; what happened since Hamburger Concerto that would change the band's style from brilliant prog rock to average and utterly dull funk? It can't be the line-up as it's not too different from the last album - the band's two key members are still here. I guess Focus were trying to try to get some more cash, but this is rarely the way to go in case of progressive bands. There are some bright moments here but they are few and far between. "Bennie Helder" is the best one on here, and was evidently written by Thjis (it's pretty obvious from the harmony). "Focus IV" is not too bad, although the dullest in the Focus series. Unfortunately nothing positive can be said about most of the rest. Actually the title track is a great composition but on this album you will find the muzak version of it. Check out "Gilder" on their album of unreleased tracks "Ship of Memories" and you will hear a fantastic reworking of it (or is this the reworking of "Gilder"? - I don't know). For big fans of Focus there still might be something of interest, hence the 2 stars. "Mother Focus" signaled a change for progressive rock, this signal was followed up by "The Missing Piece", "Love Beach", "Tormato" or "And then there were three". In this aspect Focus were pioneers.
Salviaal | 2/5 |


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