Bondage Fruit - VI. 2005 Japan

Bondage Fruit - VI. 2005 Maboroshi No Sekai (CD)

Bondage Fruit's 6th, and apparently last album, sees the band diversifying their sound to the point of no identity. The Zeuhl backbone of their early works has all but been rubbed out here. Not to say that they didn't hit pay dirt on a few of these numbers. Opener 'Three Voices' is the longest piece here, and sounds like Tortoise playing the music of Mahavishnu Orchestra. Which seems like an oxymoron, until you actually hear it. A fantastic opening. 'Rath' is a raga rock piece, and fits well with Bondage Fruit's style. 'Locomotive' is a strange tune that's closer to Southern Fried blues rock, and contrary to what I said about 'Rath', this seems a bit self-indulgent for a band with no history of such. 'Dear Gazelle' has a bit of KBB styled Celtic violin, but begins to cook wildly midway, and is my personal favorite of the album. A very strong heavy fusion piece. 'The Train' recalls mid 70s King Crimson with long stretches of atmospheric violin but gets a bit long in the tooth after a while. 'Something Green' is a pretty melancholic instrumental that eases the tension. And 'I/O' sounds like 'Dueling Banjos' meets Bollywood electronica.

I don't normally do track by track breakdowns, but as you can see from above, there is no cohesiveness here. Which I don't personally consider a good trait for an album. Certainly worthy of consideration, as my 3.5 grade (Gnosis 10) attests to, but not to the standard of their early work.

Like all of Bondage Fruit's albums, this one is CD only.

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