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Email Address: Follow. Blog at WordPress. However, it would not take a huge leap in imagination to see at some point in the future a film director lift a couple of tracks from The Healing of the Lunatic Owl to add to a soundtrack, for a wave of interest in Brainchild to come about, and I for one look forward to it when it does happen, because The Healing of the Lunatic Owl is an album that deserves to be heard by connoisseurs of prog rock and heavy psychedelia.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Facebook Instagram Tumblr Twitter Youtube. In spite of that retrospect, I'm quite surprised this jazz-rock sextet never received more attention than they did. Although Brainchild 's relative instrumental novelty is arguably enough to give them relevance with the jazz family tree, the composition and energy on Healing of the Lunatic Owl is almost entirely rock-based.
The songwriting- regardless of quality- is fairly straightforward, and were it not for the glaring use of trumpets, there would be nothing in the music to betray a potential connection to jazz. Rather, Brainchild strikes me as a fuzzy, sometimes Krautrock-ish reflection of the wake of late '60s psychedelic trends in Britain. The turn of the decade met with a stark change in the sound of rock music; between the two decades, Brainchild certainly sounds rooted moreso in the former.
Bill Edwards' lead vocals are fairly typical for their time, trying to find a balance between poppy hooks and left-field theatricality- I personally think he succeeded, even if his voice lacks distinctiveness.
Brainchild are clearly skilled musicians across the board, but their greatest strength on Healing of the Lunatic Owl is this ability of theirs to balance out instrumental sophistication and hooks.
Whether you want to call this progressive rock, jazz or something else entirely, that golden ratio is a rare find- too often, the artists you'll see trying to make this blend sound bland or scattered. While the uncharacteristically melancholic "Sadness of the Moment" is the only tune here that manages to hit me on a directly emotional level, every song on Healing of the Lunatic Owl is distinct.
If there's anything I can think of that implies the makings of a potential classic album, it's that feeling of every song having value.
The music generally isn't compelling enough for me to rank it among the 'greats' of its era, but there are quite a few folks out there who acknowledge the album as an obscure masterpiece, and for that, I am thankful. The music is generally upbeat rock oriented with lots of emphasis placed on a beefy groove-based bass line, jazzy guitars all dressed up with the horn section as to smooth it out and create counterpoints to the rhythm structures. The title track is an example of the side of the band that gravitates towards the Chicago playbook with a bouncy beat, lounge lizard vocal style with the rock music being accompanied by the the jazz elements at times merely adding a layer to the overall sound and at times totally doing their own unique thing.
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