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Brand X


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.08 | 308 ratings

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4 stars This is Brand X's most famous album but in my opinion not nearly as strong as the previous release. This album is much more experimental than Unorthodox Behaviour with songs like the opener which is a middle eastern themed track featuring experimental vocals provided by Phil Collins. Another experimental moment is Orbits, a Percy Jones Bass workout featuring just the Bass guitar and some percussion sounds in the background.

Percy Jones and Phil Collins feature prominently in all the music on this album more than Unorthodox Behaviour and Lumley and Goodsall are less the centre pieces of each song with Jones offering further developed incredible bass playing all through which is very prominent in all the songs, particularly Malaga Virgen which is one of the highlights of this album.

Why Should I Lend You Mine shows the more mellow side of Brand X's music with a song that progresses from slow mellow acoustic jazz to energetic Fusion in the course of it's 11 minutes. More is put into song arrangements on this record which is very much demonstrated in this and Disco Suicide which is another lengthier track featuring incredible playing from all musicians.

For those who want to hear developed music with more emotion this record definitely offers this perfectly, but if you want the true spirit of Brand X and Jazz Fusion Unorthodox Behaviour is definitely the record to get. This effort deserves 4 Stars for it's very well arranged and executed jazz fusion but it is not a masterpiece.

topographicbroadways | 4/5 |


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