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3.0 out of 5 stars calm down calm down!, 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: Devotion (Audio CD)
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ive never been a great fan of improvised music, whether it be jazz, rock, fusion or whatever. to me it smacks of , not only self-indulgence , but an easy way out for people who are perhaps great musicians, but not talented enough to actually compose a real, structured song complete with melody,lyric,verse,chorus and harmony. for that reason alone this kind of free flowing jamming music turns me a bit cold, regardless of how impressive the musicianship is. i just get the feeling that its musicians masturbating their instruments with one hand, and massaging their ego's with the other - at our expense.
whatever - thats my take on it. it might not be yours! mclaughlin is better than most at this sort of thing as his work with the mahivishnu orchestra proved. but in all honesty this album isnt very inspired at all. its very well produced and played and flows along ok but dosent ever really go anywhere meaningful. not sure if i particularly like his guitar sound on this album either which is rather harsh sounding, and to be honest again, the soloing itself is not really that great. no disrespect to mclaughlin, but in this type of music the likes of satriani and malmsteen amongst many others, leave him standing. as a true valuation of where this album stands, i advise you also seek out 'war heroes' by hendrix. this was another alan douglas produced record that kind of runs along similar lines musically - with one huge exception. not counting the actual 3-4 minute vocalised songs on war heroes, the three major instrumentals on the album which sees hendrix going off into some incredibly wild tangents, tower head, shoulders and several planets in quality above the material on offer here. and more importantly again, whereas the three hendrix instrumentals are fully structured and coherent songs with defined beginnings, middles and ends, mclaughlins work is all jamming and rambling and improvised, and shows very clearly why the gulf between him and hendrix is so wide and why, despite his reputation , mclaughlin always was a minor league player.
BUT! - if jazzy noodling is your thing, then you'll be alright here. just please, stop making it out to be something more than it really is!
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2007 17:01:22 GMT
Jazz4 says:
Hi, I haven't heard this album and I appreciate your review, but McLaughlin is pretty incredible, I'm not a fan of his later solo stuff, seems pretty lazy
however I wouldn't call him a minor league player some of his stuff with Miles Davis and Shakti are mind blowing, some of his melodies are boarderline genious and his guitar concerto reflect his immense musical ability, I guess you just have to be into the right music, Im a pretty big fan of Satch but I would never compare them, their completely different players. thanks

Posted on 28 Feb 2008 10:43:32 GMT
J. Butler says:
If "jazzy noodling" is not your thing then why post about this album?

It seems to me that you came to this page specifically to be negative about a music genre you don't like.

I am sure I could I could write reams about how awful "techno noodling" has been since the mid 80s but I have better things to do.

Devotion is a masterpiece.

Posted on 11 May 2008 21:40:49 BDT
blofeld says:
Satriani and Malmsteem leaving him standing .......In what way? Malmsteem is a neo classical shredder who although very influential doesn't know where the brake pedal is, and Satriani although technically amazing , is a composer of musical mediocrity. McClaughlin's weakness if anything is his over reliance on hyper speed but all things considered he is as technically gifted as the others you mention and musically a lot more interesting.

Posted on 8 Jan 2010 21:18:46 GMT
This reviewer doesn't like improvised music but here he is on Amazon putting forward his "lofty" views on a genre that he has no respect for (cue phrase: "if jazzy noodling is your thing, then you'll be alright here"). This is not a review but one person's view on fusion/jazz-rock - fine if you don't like it, but why buy it/review a record from this genre if you have no time for jazzy noodling.
The fact that this idiot defers to Malmsteen and NOT Blackmore tells you where his head is at (... up his backside).
Now I love my rock music but dumb and arrogant guys such as this reviewer are a real drag and embarrass my association with with rock music.
Yeah - I guess Miles Davis was wrong and the "leading light" writing this "review" is right.

Review: 1
Crap: 1

Posted on 18 Sep 2010 00:31:54 BDT
Beancooper says:
.......this boy is not quite right..... the fact that he bothered to review an album that he had no interest in showed a tortured soul, unable to find his way round a record shop.Not just a crap thing to put in print, but stupid enough to not look at his offering , " dosent he know that names deserve capitals"...... Evil-Hippy is a contradiction in terms too, a change to "Thick-Dippy" is a better nom-der-plum" for a person who buys and listens to something he admits to not liking in the first place, let alone bemoaning the fact after the event........... put it back in for sale my laddie, I'll give you a quid towards your bus fare to the local adult education facility. I myself am not keen on what I've heard of Malmsteen , which is why I have wasted no money on his albums, and whilst I like what Satriani does, I don't need more than one of his releases to encompass his career in my collection.War Heroes was to me one of the weaker offerings from Hendrix, valid though it is, but "The Evil One" is correct insofar as it is more Douglas than Jimi !
Review - Crap !
Name - Contradictory !
Result - Waste of space !
Opinion value - None !
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