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World Machine

4.7 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001FJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had the good fortune to be stationed with the Air Force in the U.K. from 1982 to 1984, and discovered Level 42 at that time through a co-worker. They had three albums out, and had come out with a fourth, "Standing in the Light", and I quickly snapped up copies of each. People in Britain and Europe were just getting around to discovering this group's talent. Mark King's bass playing is incredible, no other word describes it. Piano/synth and percussion are skilfully arranged and perfectly complement the guitar and saxophone performances. Everyone I had listen to them became an instant fan. Upon return to the U.S., I eagerly awaited "World Machine"'s release in summer 1985 and was not disappointed. This album to me represents the culmination of the Level 42 style demonstrated in their four previous outings, the kick-ass jazzy-funky instrumentals, uptempo vocals mixed with heart-moving ballads, and bona-fide dance club hits. I could play this album and the others over and over and never get tired of listening to them. I'd be hard-pressed to single out any song in particular on "World Machine", they all have elements that appeal equally to Level 42 fans. "Something About You" and "Leaving Me Now" have playability for Top-40 radio, but the title cut is a high-energy, hard-driving piece of work on which the band members outdo themselves. It's a shame the band has broken up, I'd dearly love for the band members to sign the LP covers I have of their first six albums, the rest are I have are on CD. Jazz fans everywhere, I strongly advise purchase of this recording, it's well worth it!!!
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This is without a doubt, one of my favorite albums of the 1980's. I'm sure most everyone knows the song "Something About You", which was one of Level 42's biggest hits. But if that's the only song you know from this album, then you're missing out on a lot. "Leaving Me Now" is the best track on this album. A gut wrenching ballad that has one of the best endings to a song, I've ever heard. "Hot Water", "World Machine" and "Chant Has Begun" are all upbeat tracks which are easy to get into. "Lying Still" and "Good Man In A Storm" are slower paced, but fantastic additions. The music has a pop/jazz/funk feel to it, which is not something you hear everyday. Did I mention the musicians are some of the best? Mark King's bass playing and Phil Gould's drum work is just another added addition to yet an already wonderful piece of work.
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Originally released in September 1985, Level 42's sixth studio album "World Machine" was also their commercial breakthrough, and, as you will see, not without good reason. This being September 2014, I thought reviewing the LP would be a good way to commemorate it.

I myself was only 10 when this originally came out, but let it be said that I do remember hearing the band's only U.S. top 10 hit "Something About You" on the radio at the time, and thus listening to "World Machine" nearly 30 years later will always bring me back to the fall of 1985, and a more simple, innocent time in my life.

I am in full agreement with other reviewers here that this record contains not one weak song to be found, and that is a truly rare feat indeed. The aforementioned "Something About You" remains one of the group's finest masterpieces. It was for this track that I originally purchased the CD for but as stated, the whole album is top notch from start to finish, the kind of disc I can sit down with in a dimly-lit room with a hot mug of coffee, and be engrossed for its duration. The two principle songwriters, bassist/vocalist Mark King and drummer Phil Gould, weave together such intricate tapestries and soundscapes in these songs that are as emotionally rich as they are entertaining. The record was produced in London in '85 by the band and Wally Badarou, who also contributed additional vocals and synclavier synthesizer effects, and the advanced synth sounds are one of the things that, while rooted in the mid '80s time that they were created, make the LP timeless and propel it to a level (pun intended) of greatness that has rarely been surpassed. All in all, a wonderful album that I always look forward to hearing again and again.
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This is where it all started for most Yanks like me. Imagine that it's 1986, and you have your first taste of this quartet from England. They write really thumpin' dance-pop songs and really pretty pop ballads, but underneath it all is a stylistic nod to classic 70's jazz-funk a la Stanley Clarke and the musicianship to pull it off. In other words these were world-class musicians making great pop. World Machine has all of the above in spades.
Nowhere is this pop vs. musicianship phenomena more evident that on the worldwide hit single "Something About You". It's a great pop song with a great hook and lush vocals, but it is driven by the stalwart rhythm section of bassist-extraordinaire Mark King and groovalicious drummer Phil Gould, for my money one of the funkiest drummers ever. Guitarist Boon Gould delivers a beautiful guitar solo to boot.
King is without a doubt the most visible of Level 42's star musicians. He is arguably the greatest bass guitarist in the world, and World Machine shows a slightly more subdued side of Mark King. The thumb acrobatics of prior Level 42 albums give way to more tasteful yet still funky bass guitar work on "Lying Still" and "It's Not the Same for Us". Try doing what he can do on the bass guitar AND sing at the same time!
Other highlights include the pretty yet melancholy "Leaving Me Now", featuring Mike Lindup's beautiful piano work, and the title track "World Machine", a club-friendly dance number.
World Machine shows a band at its peak of popularity yet also in transition. In a couple of years after this release, producer Wally Badarou would be gone as would the Gould brothers. The classic jazz-funk sound of Level 42 would eventually give way to a more rock-based sound.
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