Gotta give it 3, cause they got room to grow here (and they did; their third disc, "3rd Perspective" is their all-time best). Having said that, they are no slouches in this traditional-jazz with a twist disc!
"The Sixth Sense" is alive with fluttering sensuality; it's the best song to slowly wake up to since it's a paeon to the "funshine of morning...radio rumbles on the roof, a cat yawn...dawn pushes on to the back of another day." UFO have always been distinguished by their stirring lyrics, whether wacky or poetically contemplative, and "The Sixth Sense" is the first UFO offering to feature R. Gallagher, who will later pen the masterpiece "Friends (We'll Be) on "3rd Perspective."
The next best cut is "Be Here Now," combining wah-wah old-time stripper music, with drowsy rap vocals. Kinda reminds me of Lee Morgan on a bender! And "On Est Ensembel Sans Se Parler - L.O.V.E." spins a GROOVY melody with funkified french-speak! I put this on repeat and head-bop all day long!
UFO are in a pantheon of culture vultures like Transglobal Underground, Asian Dub Foundation and, yes, even the later recordings of Swing Out Sister ("Filth and Dreams" and "The Living Return"), who mix Eastern, Latin, and African styles, spoken-word performance pieces, rap, electronica, ancient instruments, ambient sounds and samples wtih traditional western music to create hypnotic hybrids. And all these bands stress ultra-positive messages of co-existence, political freedom and sacrificial love.
You are in the pastiche parlour of the United Future Organization, where all sounds and cultures meet to create a new aural & moral life, baby!