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Herbie Hancock


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.98 | 17 ratings

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3 stars Sound -System is logical next step after Future Shock album. Using the very same techno-pop electronic rhythms and song structures, Hancock added at least two new things, which are doing this album more listenable.

First, he made the sound a bit heavier, even using rock elements in some places. The opening song Hardrock (which isn't hard rock or even rock at all for sure) is Rockit analogue with much heavier sound and even heavy metal guitar line added.

Second, he incorporated in his music strong African element with the addition of the Gambian multi-instrumentalist Foday Musa Suso on half of the tracks. These tracks, with quite attractive world fusion sound, less electronic effects and even more jazzy in places, are most interesting part of that album.

By the way, Hancock continued collaboration with Foday Musa Suso and released some more albums with him.

Generally, better than Hancock's disco-funk era albums, still not return to form. But could be enjoyable, especially if you are not afraid of electronics sound and like world fusion at the same time.

snobb | 3/5 |


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