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All in all, a very nice outing from a wonderfully unique band I feared had crumbled post-Focus 8.
Aside from the Focus' stately, Bach-inspired music, we get dollops of funk, jazz and rock thrown in to make things interesting. Van Leer has always had a special gift for blending these disparate styles together really seamlessly, unlike some of his prog contemporaries. It's even arguable whether Focus is quite prog at all, since their melodies and arrangements are much simpler and more straightforward than prog typically is. No tricky time signatures, complex layering or epic solos here.
If there were a lot of Focus albums, there would be no need for this one. But the original band faltered and faded before it had really peaked, and has rarely been heard from since its brief heyday. We are certainly not swamped with Focus back-catalogue. I received this CD in the mail a couple of Christmases ago, and it does feel like a welcome, nostalgic gift from the past.
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Focus have progressed from Focus 8 to give an album which is less melodic and more "out there 'in its harmonic explorations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Mulligan
Always refreshingly reassuring to see so called "old-timers" asserting a startling diversity, crisp interplay, and informed songwriting even if it all doesn't fly.