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Not too good for all of us
on 12 April 2004
With great expectations I got this album. I'd never heard or read a bad review of it, I knew the musicians who'd played on it and loved most of their work. This was supposed to be an album that one couldn't help but love or admire. But its failed to ever really excite me.
There are interesting moments on the album, such as the climatic points of "Return to Forever", but the music also has a sickly sweet character to it. While this album is supposed to be making waves, the sound often masks what the musicians are actually doing in terms of breaking new ground. This is particularly shown in the 'Playful' "What game shall we play today". Perhaps I'm more of a fan of the harsh sounds that other fusion bands create like in Weather Reports "Mysterious Traveller", but the sounds in this album seem very plain.
Technically the album holds much weight as is to be expected, the songs are well crafted and the music itself is by no means bad. But, be warned, the album was not what I expected and as a result I continue to be dissappointed.