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TERRA NOVA

Taylor's Universe

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.51 | 19 ratings

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3 stars "Terra Nova" is the 7th full-length studio album by Danish experimental jazz/ rock act Taylor's Universe. The album was released in 2007 by MALS.

The music on the album is a kind of new age jazz/ rock. It's the choice of keyboard sounds that leads my thought toward new age while the notes played by the guitars and horns/ winds are more fusion jazzy. The horns/ winds ( soprano, alto & tenor sax, bass clarinet) are played by Burnin' Red Ivanhoe/ Secret Oyster member Karsten Vogel. His playing is as always top notch and inventive. Robin Taylor delivers some nice guitar work on the album. Both lead and more atmosphere enhancing playing.

The production is allright, but the choice of keyboard sounds and to some degree the drum production gives the album a sound I wish was more organic and personal.

"Terra Nova" is overall a pretty good experimental jazz/ rock album but I find it's the playing that I'm mostly interested in. The compositions themselves lack something. Maybe it's memorability or personality, but something is definitely missing for this album to really make my blood boil. Therefore a 2.5 - 3 star rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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