Featuring some intriguingly-inviting new writing, the album is a breath of fresh air for progressive music and a bold furtherance of the true adventurous essence that is the legacy of the great Soft Machine. It doesn't just offer the suggestion of venturing through ground previously untread -- by any of the Soft Machine incarnations -- it levels everything in its path on the way!
Broad in its scope and ambition, but sensitive, probing and playful in its delivery, Burden of Proof provides more than ample evidence that the legends remain at the top of their game, both individually and collectively. The group's two lead voices -- guitarist John Etheridge and saxophonist Theo Travis -- are in exceptionally fine form, whether gracefully enunciating a melody line in the pocket or dancing madly on the fringe.
Also evident is the rock-solid anchoring of drummer John Marshall and bassist Roy Babbington, who keep proceedings tight and flowing throughout. Whether tip-toeing or stampeding, Soft Machine Legacy are as unified, focused and finely-honed as they've ever been -- delivering their crispest, most sparkling new material to date, in an undeniably inspired, unrelenting session.
This is a fabulous, vital effort: a potent, impacting album encompassing the great spirit and aggressive pioneering approach championed by their namesake predecessors. For all fans of progressive music, the Canterbury scene, and the Softs, this superlative studio session is immediately 'essential' -- and easily the Legacy's finest, most high-reaching outing.
TRACKSClick on any highlighted track title to listen to individual audio samples, or listen to them all on the player to the right.
1. Burden Of Proof (5:51)
2. Voyage Beyond Seven (4:54)
3. Kitto (1:51)
4. Pie Chart (5:07)
5. JSP (1:03)
6. Kings & Queens (6:46)
7. Fallout (7:00)
8. Going Somewhere Canorous? (1:14)
9. Black And Crimson (5:05)
10. The Brief (2:28)
11. Pump Room (5:19)
12. Green Cubes (5:33)
13. They Landed On A Hill (3:03)
JOHN ETHERIDGE: electric guitar
ROY BABBINGTON: bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL: drums and percussion
THEO TRAVIS: tenor sax, flute, Fender Rhodes paino