Wednesday 3 July 2019

Brand X - Masques (1978)

The third album from this British band.

The band was a quintet on this album with a lineup of percussion, drums, bass, Fender organ, guitars and keyboards.

Phil Collins had returned to a full time role in Genesis and later, as a solo artist. So they got a new drummer.

The cover art-work wrongly hints of some Arabic or African type of music. That is not the case here.

Brand X gives us some pretty intense fusion with lots of guitar solos and synth solos. The bass is hammering away and ditto for the drums.

The music is very much in the jazz and fusion vein with lots of interesting details. It is not very complicated and there is a lot of melodies here too.

The guitars are really cool and I also find the synths and keyboards fascinating.

These fifty minutes has a lot of  drive and excellent musicianship which makes the listener marvel and enjoy these fifty minutes. It is indeed a very good album and one to check out.

3.5 points

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