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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 984 ratings

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2 stars At the risk of being unpopular, I must confess that this album does very little for me. To begin with, I generally dislike jazz, but I like long free form experiments a lá Krautrock, so I thought I might enjoy this. However, it sounds like a mostly incoherent mess to my ears. Sure, there are moments of beauty, like the beginning of Out Bloody Rageous, but they are few and far between. The vocals, although rare, are quite bad and every time they come in I find myself wishing for their absence. The mastering job doesn't help either. I understand that it has been remastered, but the version I have sounds like it is playing on a twenty year old tape deck in a closet. Normally, I am not bothered by sound quality issues, but this is so glaring that it is hard to overlook. Maybe I should just stop trying to enjoy Canterbury or Jazz-Rock albums. :)
thellama73 | 2/5 |


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