Wednesday 24 July 2019

Brand X - Product (1979)

The fourth album from this British band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, percussion and keyboards.
There is vocals by Phil Collins on two tracks and numerous others also contribute bass, drums, sound effects and vocals.

The opening song Don't Make Waves with Phil Collins on vocals give warning that the band has moved down a funky, pop direction. It is not a good song. It is followed later on by the sub-standard Soho which is even worse. It is most horrid with lyrics and melody which is so cheap and nasty. Phil Collins on vocals again and I bet he want to forget that song.

So would I.

The rest of the album is much more traditional fusion with a lot of jazz too. There is a lot of keyboards and guitars here with a thundering bass who makes this album a lot better.

This fusion is good indeed.

The album is forty minutes plus and has two bad songs among some good fusion. And my suspicions, life-long suspicions about Phil Collins has been confirmed by this album. I do not doubt he is a nice man. But his music is dubious to say at least. Shady man, this Phil Collins. And the Soho track is a reason why I remove half a point from this album.

2.5 points

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