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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.05 | 131 ratings

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5 stars This album by Maneige abandons the baroque and classical influences of their earlier work.

The band's musical direction is more towards uptempo fusion with funky tendencies. All songs are instrumental and have the same feel: lots of flute, piano, sax, vibes and guitar. Also loads of percussion, wich resembles Kraan a bit. Furthermore the album has some Canterbury (Caravan) and Gentle Giant-moments, but still manages to be unique, creative and suprising.

I love how the band uses no synthesizers or keyboards (except for the electronic piano) and that makes for a very organic sound. The rhythm section is tight, playful and never extracts from the music. The band without troubles manage to create soft atmospheric parts and more loud (rock) parts with dizzying solos on sax or guitar.

The only modern bands that can come close this wonderful music are Tangent and Flower Kings. But I'd still rather listen Maneige because of the warm production.

Kingsnake | 5/5 |


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