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Ron Geesin


Eclectic Prog

2.17 | 4 ratings

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2 stars "There are bricks in your garden"....who already knows "Music from the Body", the soundtrack written together with Roger Waters can have an idea of what this album is about.

Don't expect to hear music. This is a totally experimental album.

The title track is made of gimmicks only. No music at all and the sentence about the bricks in the garden at the end. "Freedom For Four Voices And Me" is highly experimental. It makes me think to Demetrio Stratos' experiments with his voice. In this song we have a choir, but it's not music in the normal sense, too.

"Psychedelia" is closer to "The Body" in the little instrumental part, but it's very short.

"Positives" is just Ron speaking about "problems", "people looking for solutions", "London's traffic noise". and mainly "Thinking positive".

"It's All Very New, You Know" is the first track on which some music can be heard. It's a piano solo with a touch of ragtime in the style of "Our Song", the opener of "The Body", but it doesn't contain "Human noises". It's just piano, well played and more consistent than in "Our Song". This is a 5 minutes track, quite long for Geesin (even if he is one of the composers of Atom Heart Mother, too).

Few seconds of speaking ("Female!"), and "Certainly Random" takes its two minutes. A strings instrument (a balalaika?) is played. After a randomic start, it's excellently played in a swing style while he sings like "Pingu" (who knows that cartoon can understand what I mean).

"The Eye That Nearly Saw" is another experimental psychedelic track, one of the most remarkable, similar to a classical contemporary composition.

"Two Fifteen String Guitars for Nice People" is similar to some of the things on The Body, but even if discordant and apparently meaningless, try to listen to how he plays guitars: a psychedelic/classical version of John McLaughlin. There are also little interludes with a bit of harmony.

"From an electric Train"...I'm not expert in classic contemporary, but I think this track fits well in that genre. I'd like to hear an expert comment.

"A World Of Too Much Sound": a crazy track of Ron speaking to his guitar, that's the only instrument that can't be heared. " make more powerful amplifiers....." repeated ad libitum.

11 seconds "another Female!", then Ron speaking on fast piano. This is "We're Going To Liverpool". Theatre? Also as pianist he appears to be skilled.

The last track is a happy joke played by piano and harmonica, the only thing on the whole album that has something to do with "music as we know it".

Rating this album is very hard. Experimental and challenging. Listening to it is an unusual experience that I can't suggest to everybody. That's the reason why I'm giving it two stars only. Not because it's bad or poor. Only because you must be wanting to listen to this kind of things to appreciate it.

It's something unique, in any case.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |


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