Oh boy, JM was totally there since probably at least 6 years ago
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I find the playing and composition on Floating Point to be more cerebral than passionate. Though the musicians are excellent, the band lacks a second strong personality to push him (think Jan Hammer on early Mahavishnu or Larry Coryell on Spaces). Nonetheless it's an excellent album, and once again I want to go burn my guitars after hearing it.
As John has matured his playing has evolved, and he often prefers to focus on the ensemble sound rather than personal pyrotechnics.
JM is a virtuoso but his music is cold. Surprising since the man's spirituality has always been a factor in his music. The music lacks soul. Perhaps this is only my anglo-american perspective but this my opinion. The only time the record gets me going are on the last 2 cuts. I always end my commentaries about JM(here & elsewhere)with this simple thought; God, why doesn't he pick up the ol' Les Paul or even the ol' double-neck!!?? That synthesized guitar, as state-of-the-art as it may be it actually sounds dated!
"The music lacks soul."
I'd say there is some truth to this only in the last decade or so.. I just bought "Industrial Zen" and while energetic, nothing new here.. same ol fusion jams without really going anywhere memorable.
Now contrast that experience with the wonderful albums "Belo Horizonte" and "Music Spoken Here" from the early 80's or "Electric Dreams" from 1979.
"Belo Horizonte" to me is his best album period. beautiful.