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Focus: X

"I think you will like this!" said Peter Pardo when he passed this one over to me and how correct he is on that one. Focus are back and arguably better than ever. Where else can that subtle interplay between smoking hot guitar and flute be found? Nowhere else that's where! If there's a more rocking instrumental track anywhere in 2012 than "Father Bacchus" I'd willingly give my proverbial right arm to hear it. With a line-up of stalwart Thijs van Leer behind the keyboards with flute in hand, his stepson Bobby Jacobs on bass, the golden guitar tone of Menno Gootjes and the returning drum hero Pierre van der Linden, Focus have made an astonishingly good album so late in their career.

There isn't a duff track on X. It is perfect early morning listening yet still sounds great late at night and do you know what? It sounds great in the middle of the day as well! I defy anyone to listen to "Victoria" and not feel uplifted. At just over fifty-one minutes it doesn't even nearly threaten to outstay its welcome. If you've ever loved Focus in the past you'll love X, its right up there with their seminal 1970's work and for that we should all be grateful. Just to complete the situation and put a tin hat on everything, it's got a Roger Dean cover as well. What's not to love? Go out and buy this album asap and then if you get the chance go and see them live. You won't regret either decision.

Track Listing:
1. Father Bachus (4:11)
2. Focus 10 (5:59)
3. Victoria (5:38)
4. Amok In Kindergarten (5:10)
5. All Hens On Deck (5:55)
6. Le Tango (5:37)
7. Hoeratio (5:48)
8. Talk Of The Clown (3:05)
9. Message Magic (4:00)
10. X Roads (5:49)

Added: October 8th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2597
Language: english

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Focus: X
Posted by Chris Arturo on 2013-01-03 16:07:21
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Fine band in fine form. I fully agree---their best album since the '70s. Hopefully it won't be another six years between releases.

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