Ekseption

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Following the departure of keyboardist and founder Rick van der Linden, the Dutch band Ekseption took a rapid downhill turn under new leader Hans Jansen. Unlike the earlier mix of classics, rock, and jazz, this edition of the band seems absolutely directionless. The opener to this dreadful LP is a cover of The Average White Band's hit "Pick Up the Pieces," one of the most monotonous songs ever to hit the airways in America. The treatment of Bach's "Bourree" is laughable. Since there is no personnel listing on the album jacket, it's hard to tell if the remaining five numbers are by members of Ekseption, though none of them are very special, relegating the horns to dull background work while tending to emphasize electric guitar and Jansen's unimpressive keyboard work. The lengthy title track is a mix of different styles that seem like pieces that don't fit together. It's hardly puzzling that Ekseption disbanded following the release of this very disappointing LP.

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