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THIEVES AND POETS

John McLaughlin

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.22 | 25 ratings

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sgtpepper
3 stars I was expecting more of a fiery/fusion fingerprint when listening to this album for the first time. Contrary to that, McLaughlin shows another not yet much explored faced of him - classical music. Logically, classical music and frenetic speedy playing is not a frequent connection and McLaughlin respects this in attempt to play in a more solemn and stately way.

The long 26+ minute suite is more interesting with orchestra and classical guitar being in good balance. For a non-trained classical music listener, it may be a challenging listening. The following four homages are neatly played but forgettable in the long run.

Non-essential for most McLaughlin and fusion fans.

sgtpepper | 3/5 |

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