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Steve Hillage


Canterbury Scene

3.40 | 49 ratings

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2 stars SH begins a sudden decline in this album. He had been refractory to musical tendencies for a while and crafted a bunch of great albums in the beginning of his solo career, original, innovative, a style of playing guitar of his own that very few could handle at the time, but inspiration is finite and it was thinning. The album is a medley of different styles without any direction. If it weren't by the spacy synth backgrounds and the gliding style SH would be hard to recognize in some themes. Canterbury roots are dry, and the muses are gone. Even the guitar riffs that came out naturally only one year earlier, with no effort, sound now tired, flat. And the rhythmic section is poor; he might have found something better in a high school band. Somehow, he succumbed to what he had been keeping away for so long, the mainstream tendencies, and didn't know which one to follow, rock, funk, techno. He opens to new ideas, but not sufficiently worked, as in "Earthrise", where he blends the tangerinesque background with Arabian flavors. The jazzy airs a la JL Ponty in the closing track "The Fire Inside" might have been a good direction. At least he would have been on the track of the hard work. But when you stop being yourself the personality disappears. I can't single out any track.
poito | 2/5 |


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