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One World

John Martyn

1977

One World

Album Summary

One World is the seventh studio album by British guitarist and singer John Martyn, released in November 1977 by Island Records. The album, produced by Island owner Chris Blackwell at his Berkshire farm, was recorded with a myriad of musicians, including Steve Winwood, Danny Thompson, John Stevens, Hansford Rowe and Rico. The album followed a sabbatical where, at Blackwell's invite, Martyn holidayed in Jamaica in 1976 with his family, having become disillusioned with the music business. The trip helped revitalise his interest in music. The album combines Martyn's experimental tendencies with more pop-leaning material, with influences from the dub music of Lee "Scratch" Perry, with whom Martyn worked during the trip to Jamaica and co-wrote the song "Big Muff". The record features a relaxing, echoing sound with usage of Martyn's distinctive Echoplex guitar effects, while his lyrics discuss love, specific people and his disintegrating marriage. Some of the recording was achieved outdoors, with Island's mobile recording studio being used to operate a live feed across the farm's surrounding lake; microphones picked up the full ambience of the area, including natural reverb and surrounding geese and trains, helping contribute to the album's sweeping sound.Upon its release, One World received acclaim from music critics who hailed its inventive, unique sound and lyrics. Martyn toured in promotion of the album in late 1977, whilst a televised performance at the Collegiate Theatre, London in January 1978 helped the album becoming Martyn's first chart success, reaching number 54 on the UK Albums Chart. "Dancing" was released as the album's sole single a month later. In later times, the album has been credited for helping develop trip hop music. In 2004, a deluxe edition of the album was released by Island, containing bonus live material. The album is included in the music reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.86

Votes

4639

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Pop
  • Singer Songwriter
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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

NO MORE BRITISH SHIT I HAVEN'T HEARD OF

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

This was an inspiration. There are problems with production that at points feels dated, but once I let this go and got past some of the more late 70s/ early 80s sounds, I felt uplifted and held by this album in a way I haven't by many albums. Small Hours blew me away, it's wonderful ambient guitar over a simple pulse beat, eventually leading up to a short song, before returning to guitar and sound was perfect. It's made me want to hear more.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
1

a mix between garbage and porn soundtrack

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

Make. It. Stop. Other than some instrumental work on "Small Hours", I couldn't wait for this album to be over. Anti-groove jazz.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
5

No lo vi venir. Parece Nick Drake. Volverlo a escuchar para darle un rating más justo.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Soft and dreamy. Talkative and calm

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Sun May 30 2021
5

This album was a 4 right up until "Small Hours." I've listened to it probably ten or more times in the last 24 hours. Easily becoming one of my favorite songs of all time. One of the most soothing, cleanest albums I've heard in a long time. Highlights: 1, 2, 5, 6, and 8.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

When his voice first came in, I hated it, and was preparing for an excruciating 40 minutes. But that was the only part where I noticed his voice stand out, and then in blended in to an ocean of excellence. This is the most surprising album I have had so far and is going on regular rotation.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
5

An adorable dreamy piece of work. This was my 110th on this, and I loved every moment of it. 5 stars because there aren’t 6.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

There are some good sounds on this album, but it feels kinda sleepy to me... I also don’t dig his voice, but there are a couple good songs on this. Favorite Track(s): “Dealer” and “Couldn’t Love You More”

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

not a fan of his voice. a little like brian wilson but not as good. the sounds on smiling stranger are good though

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Meh.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

This didn’t feel like a mediocre album of its era chasing the Beatles hype. No, it felt like a mediocre album from the 80s instead, when everyone was fascinated by bad “world music”. But hey, at least it’s ahead of its time I guess?

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

Forgettable. One World vocals sounded like an old man on quaaluds trying to sing with apple sauce stuffed in his mouth.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

This album is really not my thing. Small Hours and Couldn't Love You More are pretty good, but I think my appreciation for the most divergent tracks is telling. The production is well-crafted in the sense that it's interesting, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what it adds up to. I feel like there's more artistic merit than the Supertramp record, but it's still a little indulgent and navel gaze-y. 1.5/5

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

I ended up listening to the Spotify suggestions for a long time after this ended

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Very good album, nice combination of rhythms.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Todavía no lo escucho pero con fe me gusta

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Brilliant

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

I'm a big fan of John Martyn, particularly around this point in his career. Such a unique hybrid of influences that is miles ahead of its time. Martyn has such a natural, casual soulfulness to him that it makes his more experimental tendencies go down easy. Love that they recorded parts of the album from across a lake to capture the natural reverb/echo. Yet another example of artists creating their best work while in remote country locations.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

In July 1978 I was working for the Migrant Services Section of the Social Security Department, in Clarence St Sydney. One morning I received a phone-call from a mate who was a student at Sydney University, telling me to get my arse up to the Union Theatre (now The Footbridge) on campus, because John Martyn was playing a free concert at 1.00pm. As it turns out, this was part of a world tour to promote the album One World. I got there in time. John Martyn was late, and extremely hung-over, carrying what appeared to be an acoustic guitar with a plethora of wires coming off it (and no doubt a bunch of effects pedals). It was one of the great concerts I’ve ever attended. At the time I was only familiar with the 1970 album Road To Ruin, which he recorded with his wife, Beverley, & which is an all-time favourite of mine, so most of what I saw him play that day was unfamiliar to me, but he was in blistering form. And I imagine a lot of what he played came from this album. How lucky I was, because this is a great record. I can’t think of anything else that sounds like it. About 30 years later, a different mate gave me a dvd titled The Transatlantic Sessions, which features many great artists & includes an enthralling version of Big Muff with Martyn on guitar & Danny Thompson on double bass. Do yourself a favour & google it. This is the song he co-wrote in Jamaica with Lee Scratch Perry the year before he made the album. You also hear the great reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez on Certain Surprise. I love the fact that Chris Blackwell set up mikes in the middle of a lake on his property(where the lp was recorded) to catch whatever noises nature was providing at the time. This was way ahead of its time. Love it.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Genius. Small Hours is in my all time top ten tracks. The live version (I think I saw him perform it 6 times) of Big Muff was spellbinding, A very, very sad end to possibly the best British unsung hero of contemporary music (along with Roy Harper and Nick Drake).

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

reverby!

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Pleasant surprise!

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Bra album kan tänka mig att lyssna igen.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

A fun psychy funky album, need to give it a better listen.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Good album went a bit too 70s funk for my liking for this style. Some instrumentation felt a bit too forced especially earlier on in the album. Some great arrangements though.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Very chill, peaceful, and natural-sounding. Lovely background music.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Este es el tipo de Jazz que si me gusta, no tan experimental, nadie quiere sobresalir y a buen tempo. Solo conocía Dealer que no sabía que se llamaba así.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

So good. Lovely to listen to

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

i really loved it, he has a great voice

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

false

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Pretty good

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Really interesting, as ever for John. Worth the price of admission for the final track "Small Hours" alone.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

A chill, jazzy, moody album. I like the instrumentation more than the vocals, but the low growly vocals ain't bad either.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

I wasn't sure I liked this album at first but it has some really delightful moments and I think that if I listened to it more I would get into it. I can see how this artist might have contributed to the musical styles of artists I listen to regularly today.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Distinctly generic until Small Hours, which hits different from the rest of the album and drags this sucker out of the muck.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

I rly fuck w this, hes showed up in music recommendation sites when i enter music i like but ive never rly given him the time, but today i did (funnily enough i was looking at this album specifically before i checked here lmao) yeah pretty poggers pogchamp imo, listened to it twice today and plan to listen more

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Love it. Completely new to me. Mixing blues, jazz, reggae, and world beat. And all the sweet guitar riffs and effects. My only criticism is I’m not in love with his voice. Maybe it would grow on me. 4.0

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Funky Joe Cocker

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Soulful, and funky. Great voice. Nice diversity of songs.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Unusual combo of funk, jazz, blues, and Dr. John. Dude can noodle, too. Dig it.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Funky Af. Small hours. Wow. Excellent.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Very interesting, like early Sade and precursor to elevator music but in a good way.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

I hadn't listened to John Martyn before, a really great discovery. Textured sound, many layers and influences, takes you to unexpected places, ahead of his time. Will definitely explore more of his work

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Dangerous, psychedelic yacht rock that morphs into early post-rock by the end? I'm a fan.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

For the first time in this project, I was very positively surprised by an artist I had never heard of before. This is very intriguing to listen to, with its wild mix of different styles and his very unique voice.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

This was really cool to find. I've never heard of this guy. Seems super ahead of its time and influential.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

So breezy, smooth, and creative. Loved it!

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

I like everything going on except the vocals. They sound weak and winded. Like the guy just ran 6 flights of stairs to get to the studio. Big Muff is a good tune. I am really torn on this album, but I think there is enough here to merit me coming back to it.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

good at work listen

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Rock, pop. Extrañamente interesante.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Wild, interesting album from someone I knew nothing about.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

áhugaverð plata

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

I liked this not as much as the other John Martyn though

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

good!

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Ordagrant cheelin

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

folk hop, flute bop

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Zzzzzzzzvvvvrrrrrr ZzzzzzzzGgggguuuuuuudddd ZZZZaaaallllbbbmmmmmzzzz

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Kindoff unique slow rock

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Man, I loved hearing this album. I knew and loved the tracks Couldn't Love You More, and Small Hours already, but it was excellent to hear all the album cuts. Dude's voice was a jazz instrument, and his playing acoustic-like-it's-an-electric guitar playing is pioneering and totally cool too. Gonna deep dive his catalogue now. THIS is the reason I'm on this listening journey!

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Such a unique album, nothing immediately stood out but I didn't feel the need to skip a single song. I should definitely give it some more listens in the future.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

I had never heard of John and didn’t know what to expect. Clearly dated but a cool mix of guitar, funk, psychedelic. Enjoyed it.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Percussion!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Very interesting work. Rare to see someone’s 7th record on here. Also had heard of the song recorded across a lake before but hadn’t heard it

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Chill

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

I reviewed John Martyn's Solid Air earlier in this project, and enjoyed it more than I was expecting. Based on that, I thought I knew what to expect with this record. And was pleasantly surprised again. Much of side 2 seems like a fairly natural progression from Solid Air. Similar smooth jazz/soul/funk/folk blend, now with a touch of latin rhythms on Certain Surprise, with Martyn's foggy voice woven beautifully through the arrangements. I love his voice, which he uses like an instrument, although sometimes his slurred diction slides almost into self-parody.Take it easy, John. But side 1 is a revelation. The heavy use of effects, especially delay, and dub production techniques (without being pastiche - this is definitely not reggae) is something quite fresh. Big Muff is co-written by Lee Scratch Perry! I can see the influence, without it sounding like a Lee Scratch Perry record per se. I really loved the songs on side 1. Discretely funky, weird sounding without being abrasive, without any histrionics. I can see how these tracks (especially Big Muff and Small Hours) are cited as influences on trip hop, especially Massive Attack. This album caught me by surprise, and I really enjoyed it. Haven't heard much quite like it, and it really grabbed me (especially side 1)

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

What a surprise. I love the mellow production and vocals, paired with all kinds of different sounds, and the ambience peace at the end. All in a perfect run time.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Pero

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Wed Nov 25 2020
3

Lee Scratch Perry helped him write Big Muff. Good song!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

It was alright, I definitely was not blown away by it, and I definitely won't listen to it again.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
3

Pretty interesting, funky ass bass. No standout songs for me, but makes nice background listening.

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Sun Nov 29 2020
3

Got some like ZZ Top vibes from this album. Pretty good album, it's like smooth jazzy / soul. It kinda felt like John Martyn was whispering sweet nothings into my ears for the entirely of the album. Oh. OH. This is fuckin' music, isn't it?

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Important and influential, but I wouldn’t seek this out

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

There are parts of this album that I like *a lot*. Especially the parts where John Martyn isn't trying to sing. When his voice blends in with the music, it's really good. When he grates, it's REALLY grating. Luckily, that doesn't dominate most tracks, and I enjoyed the album overall. 3 stars.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

not so bad, a bit slowish for me

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Bem hazy, agradável de ouvir mesmo sem ser muito marcante.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

i really like the noodling and atmosphere on small hours to finish the album. the rest is fine... seems like a sedated eric clapton or joe cocker.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Sonido por completo etereo, suena como pop experimental. Tiene un problema en un bache a la mitad con dos canciones romanticas muy sosas que hacen que pierda un poco el concepto. Los sonidos de experimentación en guitarra y amplificadores no van a ser para todos pero a mi me encanto. La última canción fue lo mejor del disco. Impresionante pensar que es de 1977, casi se podría notar un atisbo de lo que va a llegar en unos años con new wave y sintetizadores.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Neither good nor bad. Entirely forgettable.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

C’estbon dans l’ensemble mais ondirait je m’attendait a plus pour un guitariste. 3.15

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

- Learned about the genre "folk-jazz" - it's got some funky prog in it but the vocals and mellow melodies are along the line with folk. Very interesting mixture of genres, almost feels surreal. - Good album but not hooking me, which somewhat has to do with the raspy voice

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Not as good as Penguin Orchestra Cafe, but I liked it and the album cover was dope

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Another "acquired taste" but at least its better than Billy Bragg

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

Tranquilo y suave. Sin estridencias

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

This had some great textures but nothing grabbed me

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

I enjoyed it at times. Very very mellow. His vocal style was sort of different, I’m not sure in a way I appreciated. The last track seemed a very odd addition.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Actually not bad

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Yeh decent I’ll go back to this

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Better than the last two albums. Was hoping for a bit more of a dub feel to it.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Didn't like this after the first track or two but it really grew on me as it went on. Really nice chill vibes. 7/10

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Quite a nice listen. Nothing special but felt a lot more modern than a 1960s album. Quite a bit of Gomez in there. I liked it.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Deece but was hoping for better given his other stuff I know

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Mon May 10 2021
3

It was ok.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

This album could be an album to vibe out to. The synth is mellow and the singer's voice is very airy and quiet, adding to the overall feel of the album. Personally, I thought it was alright, but it's a bit too "quiet" for me. Favorite track: Dancing

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Nice, Need to listen more

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

smooooooooooooooth (great closer)

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Неплохой альбом, чтобы почилить. Но не настолько, чтобы запомниться и вдохновить на прослушивание опосля. Порой альбомы складываются так, чтобы продаваться первыми треками. У One World же первые треки довольно скучные, претендент на роль звуковых обоев. Грамотный чил - он всё же про залипание, а не про незаметность. Впрочем, в треке One World можно что-то найти, вокальная партия довольно харизматичная. А позалипать можно где-то начиная с Couldn't love you more. Вот в Dancing действительно захватывающий припев, который даже удивляет на фоне предыдущей умеренной невнятности. Small Hours - отличная арт-композиция, комплексная, мелодичная, разнообразная. Вот будь вместо 1-го, 3-го и 4-го треков что-то поинтереснее, можно было ставить 4. А так всё же не дотягивает.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

ну хуй знает, три раза прослушал, вроде как и появляются иногда годные мотивы, и вокалер угарно хрипит, но все-таки в целой своей массе альбом какой-то никакой, почти нихуя и не запомнил по итогу. плюс последняя песня просто напросто напрягает шопиздец. наверное где-то 6/10, мб попробую вернуться как-то

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Experimental ambient de pop - folk -rock- blues - rock. Agradable

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

Funky, a little psychedelic, jammy. I enjoyed this record, don't know if I'd ever revisit it but while it was on I was into it!

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Not too bad but a bit repetitive in places.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Enjoyed this more as it went along actually! At first I thought he was a bit Paul Simon then I got into his own stlye. Particularly the last v low fi song

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Fairly middle of the road to my ear. Not a bad record though… listen-able! Good last track!

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

This is definitely not my thing but but it was a pleasant listen.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Never heard of this guy before. This is pretty low-key with some interesting arrangements and overall quite a fresh sound for 1977. Nice working from home background music, which I suppose both is and isn’t a compliment.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Dealer

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

Pretty interesting. Prefer Solid Air. 6/10

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Cool but SO BORING

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Ok. Above average 70s soft rock. At its best, it sounded a little like upbeat Grateful Dead. Uninspiring and inoffensive.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Love the music, but not a huge fan of the vocals on most tracks, I might even like this record better with no vocals. That being said, John Martyn clearly has an extremely unique and distinctive voice so more power to him and those who appreciate it, especially when used interestingly in this world music western fusion context. I also thought on certain songs like “couldn’t love you more”, the vocals were extremely beautiful, but in that case the music was pretty basic. Can’t have it all on this record, so 3 stars.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Nothing special / not bad I'll probably forget all about this album in a day. Oops, I already did

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Boring. I found myself just not listening to it at times. Normally when an album pops up here that I’ve never heard of it’s some British oddball stuff that has/had no US impact. Feel like this is one of those. Evidently people claim this to be the original trip-hop and led to Portishead etc. for that reason I’ll round a 2.5 up to 3

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Easy breezy - apparently this album was written after a visit to Jamaica revitalized the artist. It’s not Reggae, but it’s on island time.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

Enjoyable, sounds like a precursor to 80's synth.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Interesting. I had never listened to John Martyn before. I'm not a big fan of his voice.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Pretty easy listening at times, but some moments

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

All the different styles. Santana, sting, the list could go on.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

First listen to album and artist. Quality stuff and worth a listen.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Jazz and funky beats on the moon. And a tune called “Big Muff,” which I want to look up the meaning of. And some ambient.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

I liked the first album we heard from him more

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Nice chill and groovy record.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Some quality songs on here. The amusingly titled 'Big Muff', 'Dancing' and 'Couldn't love you more' which made it onto my Spotify playlist for 2022 and made a tear come out. I don't know what genre this is, but seems a big ole' mashup of whatever worked, and his raspy voice is nicely unusual.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Not what I expected at all - enjoyable enough. Vocals were completely unexpected.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Hi- Dealer, Certain Surprise Feels like an alt-universe Dinosaur Jr. where J.Mascis got his start opening for Jimmy Buffett. I like it a lot more than I expected I would, but I will say...John is not a great singer. Guitar work here is amazing, though his vocal work...is definitely not. Jimi Hendrix was also known as a guitar god, while not being completely vocally complex, so this is not an antipattern for this time. Dealer is a strong opening number, and the rest of the album is pleasant and easy to listen to, with Certain Surprise being a standout. Closing out with Small Hours evokes early morning sunrises over the ocean, it's very pleasant and a great way to send off the listener.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Lacking the talent of Van Morrison (the most obvious comparison) or the Neville Brothers (perhaps the less obvious comparison, but still, this reminded me in places of Yellow Moon), Martyn works the same white blues territory as the former with similar love for its black roots--not just in soul but jazz, too. His voice is silly, no doubt, but malleable enough to attain the tender devotional quality he's reaching for. Some of the arrangments have a delicate muscularity. One of those is called 'Certain Surprise'. Another is called 'Dancing'. Yet another is called 'Big Muff'. I repeat: 'Big Muff'. I can't even.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Cool guitar effects and very dub influenced style. Feels kind of like world music-influenced pop.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Didn’t really like the first half but he recovered nicely for the end

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Liked ‘certain surprise’ . Not as good as Solid Air album

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Don't know, why it is a AYMHBYD.... the only track that really justifies the album is the progressive jam Small Hours. (5/10) FT: Small Hours

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

I didn’t hear the whole album but I was underwhelmed. It didn’t hurt my ears and was inoffensive so low 3*

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

I really like ”Couldn’t Love You More” and ”Small Hours”. Had an interesting sound otherwise, Martyn’s voice was a bit coarse on most of the songs

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Interesting album. Liked it more than I thought I would. Very varied and, as a result, a bit patchy.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Well produced and played, MOR adult music, more for the background

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Never heard of this guy. Pretty chill vibes on this one. Not super amazing, but totally music I could relax to.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Couldn`t Love You More é

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Fri May 27 2022
3

-Opening track, "Dealer" is probably the strongest on the album. Solid fun synth-y-ish stuff going on. reminded me of some parts of stuff from the 'Who Are You" album by The Who. -Most of the rest of the album is kind of boring and low-energy. "Dancing" is nice, and "Big Muff" has some okay bits. -Most is pretty slow, boring songs. -"Small Hours" borders on like, AI-generated soothing ASMR music. Just nothing happening at all.

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Sun May 29 2022
3

Really good album, didn't expect the level of serenity there was in the last song, but goddamn that was so nice. 3 I'm sure the whole thing is going to grow on me, just like Solid Air

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Gave this one a couple of listens but still don't have much to say about it. I think I enjoyed it?

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Sounds like Martyn was aiming for a lot on this record. Pretty odd production with a heavy focus on synthesisers, combined with rock, jazz and some funk. I enjoyed it but won't be coming back to it

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Ligt goed in het gehoor!

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Dit was onbekend voor me maar best goed. Fijne sfeer weet de beste man neer te zetten.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Dit was best leuk, alleen die stem werd me op een gegeven moment wel echt te veel...

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Like a funky, sometimes folky remix of Anthony and the Johnsons.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Such a cool mix of influences on this that make for an interesting listen - though there aren't many tracks that I'm really gonna want to revisit so for now i'll give this like a high 3

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Small Hour and Dancing were the best tracks. The rest of the album was boring.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
3

Tough call... on the one hand, this was pretty cruisy something-or-other and went well with a Saturday morning walk. It wasn't loud and obnoxious, it was nicely produced and all instruments/vocals were well played. On the other hand, it's yet another artist from the UK I honestly didn't need to hear. Will they stop with the constant pushing of the UK here? Not a fucking chance. If I want to make it to 1001 I'll just have to put up with that, but it's taking me a while to learn some tolerance. 3/5.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

This one was a bit of a head scratcher for me. This album had interesting moments, but when placed within the history of jazz fusion and ambient music I feel like there are much better and more influential examples from this time period. It wasn’t unpleasant though and I’m certainly glad to have heard it.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

The vocals in the opnener are a bit rough but they mellow out as the album continues. Small Hours feels very ahead of its time. Overall not really my thing but pleasantly listenable throughout.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Interesting album. I kind of liked it.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

A few songs I wouldn’t care if I never heard again but some redeeming tracks.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

This was completely new to me, and I liked this quite a bit. Sort of R&B meets progressive rock. I like the song about the big muff. Planning to listen more. 3 stars.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

nice music, not a fan of the vocals but a reasonable album

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

Not going to be my favourite record but surprisingly listenable. Has a good flow too.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Background acoustic guitar music

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Listened to on 10/30/22 3/5 Favorite song: couldn’t love you more Beautiful ballads with some beach vibes and easy background music

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I didn't love the singing voice but I gotta admit by the end of track 1 I was groovin and jammin a bit! "Couldn't Love You More" is such a wonderful song. I used to listen to a singer named Marcus Foster sing that song a lot and I hadn't heard it in years before this album came up on this list. It was really nice to be reconnected with that track. Interesting album cover. I love the composition of the diagonal line going across the artwork. 3/5!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I enjoyed this album, though not quite as much as the last John Martyn album we had on this list, “Solid Air.” (I thought the songs were better on that one.) There’s a lot of great music and the production has some interesting choices. Occasionally I felt the production gave the music a kind of muddy sound but just as often I found it hypnotic. Same goes for Martyn’s vocals — he’s an excellent, emotive singer but chooses to bury it on a few of these tracks. “Dancing” is a particularly fun song. Overall I like it. I ended up going back and listening to “Solid Air” a bunch of times after the initial listen so I’m expecting to do the same with this album.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Listens: 2 Enjoyed Meh The music is excellent and creates such a relaxing vibe. I'm just not really a fan of his vocals especially over this type of music

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

JMC WILL RELISTEN 👂

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Didn't hate it. Distinct voice.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Interesting but not special, pretty nice job.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

very interesting

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Tue Nov 22 2022
3

Good background music for study but didn't spark much interest

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Enjoyable, easy listening album with a surprising range of instruments. Ultimately just falls short of 4 stars though

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Wed Oct 14 2020
2

never heard of him - liked a few - not my thang

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

Ok but nothing special

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Ничего не зацепило мой слух

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Muy aburrido disco. Sí, sí, qué bonitos tus efectos y todo, pero no eres David Gilmour y además haces la voz fea todo el tiempo. Bueno, ok, me gustó la que a Casper no, Couldn't Love You More, y creo que es porque ahí no hace voz de Fautsch.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Es un disco raro, como si Neil Diamond progresivo. No me desagradó, pero tampoco me emocionó de forma particular. Algo que me llamó la atención es el aspecto técnico, especialmente en Small Hours. Toda una hazaña con la tecnología de los 70’s.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Erg experimenteel album, maar niet echt lekker luisterbaar

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

OMG his voice makes me want to zzooottt mysherfff. Bluuuuurgh.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

I really don’t have a ton to say. In one ear out the other

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

“One World” by John Martyn (1977) Lyrics range from Hallmark card vapidity to static repetitions of phrases that someone finds clever. Completely uninspiring for such a pompous album title. Nothing revolutionary. Martyn’s wheezy voice delicately dances around soft jazz melodies with predictable but pleasant enough stylings. Easy listening progressive folk/jazz. The chief attraction of this album is the modestly interesting instrumentation and arrangements, with cool electronic sounds peppering the musical landscape, but the novelty doesn’t last long. Nice background music, but Van Morrison does this kind of music much better. If this were the first music I heard in the morning, I’d go back to sleep. Good night. 2/5

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Not sure who listens to this kind of thing really

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Sun Feb 28 2021
2

Didn't really listen but interesting genre I haven't listened to much

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

Not my cup of tea

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Understand the influence this album may have but not a fan.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

What starts as a noise record with slight rock tendencies, descends into instrumental ambience music.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

I liked the instrumentals, but I just couldn't enjoy the songs properly. I didn't really like John's voice, but the songs got better towards the end of the album. 2/5 stars.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

meh

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Lame and uninteresting

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Uneventful for me. Probably one that needs a closer listen

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Sun Jul 18 2021
2

At times this sounds like someone doing a Louis Armstrong impersonation set to some new age music Chuck Mangione would approve of without the trumpet. None of this really bothers me. I'm just to the point where I have to wonder if it was completely necessary to hear this before dying. Oh well, at least I'm now aware of who John Martyn is, which might have been his goal all along. Some would say forcing me to look up the correct spelling of Mangione should affect the album's rating. I'll call it a push and give it an extra star since it's pleasant background music and I'd bad putting it in the 1 dustbin. Plus I also believe Martyn would have been a great hang, despite what impact this album had on me. I bet Sade really digs this album.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Not a great album. Surprised I've never heard of this guy though. All the songs are kind of boring and uninteresting. "Big Muff" was kinda funny. "Certain Surprise" had a croony, Dean Martin-y feel. "Dancing" had a 70s groove. Those were the only ok songs on the album.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

Not great

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Found this really dull, think it was his voice. very repetitive

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Het grijpt me niet heel erg aan, maar als achtergrondmuziek is het prima

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

Didn’t really enjoy.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

2.5 this sounds really nice

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Good musician.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

I have never heard of John Martyn. This album was not memorable and just ok.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

One day, a fish (or some old man who accidentally swallowed a fish bone, I don't know which) learned how to sing and make some music. So, he grabbed some guitar and harmonica, gathered a bunch of other musicians and decided to record an album. All I can say about the result is, he did a pretty decent human music. But the critter needs a lot of improvement. I love the "One World" title though, it's like we and those fishes live in one world or something, right? Probably not. I mean, I don't get the sound of it. It sounds include tropical restaurant background music, default ringtone of cellphones, and some pretty decent bossa nova stuff. But perhaps more important than the sounds is the vocals. Yes, singing in the air is difficult for a fish, but it should be improved further. There are lots of great singers (yes, even outside of death metal and black metal) who have raspy vocals. A little bit of vocalization and now he's good. Overall, boooring. It kind of reminds me of Pink Floyd's "Meddle", another ocean-vibe rock album that was released six years before this one. It's a masterpiece of course, I mean there were whales lmao. But at least this album, unlike "Meddle", was so experimental it invented trip hop, among other genres. A nice achievement for a fish, isn't it?

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

Meh was ok

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

lol another noodly white guy from the 70s, what a surprise

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

I do not care for this. However, it was very different than what I was expecting. Still not my thing. Sorry John.

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Sun May 01 2022
2

Was alright, a bit mellow for today, and I didn't listen very closely.

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Mon May 02 2022
2

couldn't finish

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Thu May 05 2022
2

Slipped into the background but the bits I did notice seemed dull and dreary.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

I thought the mix on this sounded pretty bad

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