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The Soft Machine


Canterbury Scene

4.21 | 977 ratings

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4 stars 'Third' is the first canterbury album I heard and

I was surprised over the complexity of the album.

I had expected something like 'Camel' ( i've

later realised that bands like Caravan and Gong

are more typical for the scene). This is a very

demanding album with complex rhytms and

structures. I've listened through the album

several times now. The 4 pieces are:

1: Facelift: A bad opener. The noiseous organ

start almost turned the album off for me. And the

frenetic saxophone in the middle don't please me

either. The sound quality is bad. 2/5

2: Slightly all the time: The best track. Though

purely Jazz/fusion it is never frenetic and it

has lots og interesting themes and changes in

rhytmn and mood. The flute is a welcome addition

to the sax. 4/5

3: Moonlight in june: The less jazzy track. More

pure prog-rock. I am not very fond of the voice

that I find too lengthy, and i find the track

runs out of energy towards the end. But

interesting though 3/5

4: Out-Bloody-Rageous: A very intersting

psychedelic/jazzy start evolve to a fine jazz-

fusion but a bit anonymous track that has its

moments but not as interesting as track 2. 3.5/5

As mentioned in the start this a complex album.

You won't play it if you are not ready to give

attenton. But it gives something back. I give

3.5/5 for the album

FlemmingV | 4/5 |


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