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SOLID AIR

John Martyn

 

Prog Folk

4.04 | 53 ratings

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friso
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3 stars John Martyn - Solid Air (1973)

It took me a couple of listens, but I can now confirm this is a special slightly progressive folk-rock record with jazz- rock leanings. The thing is, I usually don't listen to introverted sounding artists. John Martyn's music is defenitely artistic, but it sound a bit to background music to my ears. A function I have come to like a bit more since friends do like this kind music.

John Martyn has a gentle voice that is relatively soft in the mix of guitars, drums, bass and piano. All songs have their own sound-pallet with destinctive settings for guitar en keyboard. The power of the record is in the subtle interventions and atmospheric feel. I must admit I find some songs a bit repetitive. The production is quite excellent and modern for its time.

Conclusion. The lable folk-rock might attract listeners who expect something quite different, I'd rather think of 'Solid Air' as an artistic introverted soulrecord with some folkinstruments. Three-and-a-halve stars.

friso | 3/5 |

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