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John McLaughlin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.57 | 34 ratings

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3 stars At this album McLaughlin goes modern. At least, he uses classic post-bop ( which isn't modern at all) and add in it plenty of drum programming and synthesized sound.He is a great musician, because he didn't destroy the music using so risky mix. But it's pity, that the album is only very average.

The huge team of participated musicians are very competent, so technically the music is of high quality. The problem is there is no ... spirit. No soul. Uninspired musicianship.

In some short fragments you can catch pretty moments. At least, even only vocal track has it's own beauty. But generally it is more technique demonstration , trying to be modern without serious idea, what it is.

As a result, all album is listenable, but you cant find even a few melodies or moments you remember after listening. Overloaded by synthetic rhythms, in moments the music is looking as sountrack for commercials. And at the same time all sound is full of energy. Not very successful experiment.

Pos-bop-fusion high in technique and low in... musicality.

snobb | 3/5 |


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