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Weather Report


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.02 | 307 ratings

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3 stars Enter 1976 and the once mighty and innovating force that was Weather Report returns with one last strong album. Not with the daring might of old but with a smoother and more accessible type of fusion that is executed very thoughtfully and tastefully, creating a thick atmosphere that is simultaneously melancholic, groovy, melodious, ethnic and cheerful.

Their previous attempt at more commercial fusion (Tale Spinning) largely failed artistically, but this time they were more successful and created an inspired album that is both moody and virtuoso, sometimes groovy and sometimes melodic. The album flows nicely all the way and even if it lacks truly standout tracks it is very consistent and pleasing.

The spirit of innovation and creative excitement that existed on the first three WR albums has greatly disappeared but overall this is a fine example of progressive ethnic jazz-funk-rock that can serve as a safe fusion entry point for symphonic-oriented audiences. 3.5 stars for me.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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