Classic album, and classic band. The 70s are revived and re sung. This is Earth, Wind And Fire's new album, Now, Then Forever.
If you don't know this classic jazz rock band, then clearly you've not been in the pool of music I got to hear growing up. One of my favourite bands during my childhood, songs like Boogie Wonderland, September and Fantasy are just classic EWF songs, and it's even remarkable that they are making a new album, let alone song. What captures my attention to this album is the touch that they still had back in their past albums. All songs are ultimate renaissance to their past hits. So amazing that this album is just seemingly a passion to recreate their old hits, letting this generation know the music that their parents had heard back in the day.
Right off the bat, all the songs are relatively similar, consisting of some of the best jazz style and tambourines that the current artists aren't exactly fond of using anymore. Re-emerging enthusiasms on songs such as Sign On, Love Is Law and My Promise, the first three songs on the album. The bass and everything else is magical, feeling almost being transported back to that century of music. Which, in fact, is a good thing. Not all songs sound typically similar, which by today's musical standards, would be claimed as 'a disaster'.
It's really great to hear Phillip Bailey's vocals again, the sharp edge we all loved back in the 70s. What was even better was when Bailey collaborated with Phil Collins, too, one of my favourite artists of all time, released Easy Lover, a jam that is just truly an experience to recapture. However, what was even better was Verdin White on the bass and man! He killed it! I can no say enough of the band, although this album might not be able to tremble quakes of their previous albums, but it's a good recollection and a needed breathe taker from all the funk pop business that music has now been overtaken by. It's always good to know that they are around the corner. And a revisit seems more than timely.
The tracks on the album blend sophisticatedly well. Tracks like Guiding Light is soothing, while Belo Horizonte was just harmonious. The only track I had problem with was probably Splashes, but the rest of the album is smooth and jazz. It is glory days for Earth, Wind And Fire, even adding innovation to their creativity and I'm glad that they have put out something because this business, while bleak, hasn't been all that jarring to say the least.
8.5/10 - There really isn't much too say. Now, Then And Forever will surely bring back the 70s. If you have never heard of them before, then this moment will last truly a while. I suggest listening to their past hits such as Let's Groove, Getaway, Boogie Wonderland, September and many others! I don't care what others might think about this album nor it's redundancy for the band to release something new. It's their music, and I'm glad I'm one of the few songs that put them up there with one of the best bands of all time. This is a truly classical album, and don't forget to let your parents hear it too!
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