1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

610. One World – John Martyn

Brief Background: One World is the ninth studio album recorded by British musician John Martyn. Portions of the 1977 album were recorded outdoors in the English countryside.

What I think: I absolutely hated Martyn’s album Solid Air. It really grated on me throughout and I expected the same from One World.  Fortunately, it’s a much better album which I even enjoyed from time to time. Songs like “Big Muff” have an almost acoustic surfer jam vibe (think Jack Johnson), and these aren’t really my thing. Others, like the title track “One World” really remind me of Michael Kiwanuka in their serious and quiet sound which I really enjoy. The last song “Small Hours” is an experimental soundscape that’s really a waste of nine minutes. So things are inconsistent here, but most of it is listenable which is progress.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I would skip it, just because it is listenable and occasionally enjoyable doesn’t make it a great album.

Rating (Out of 5) 2

Amazon Rating of One World: 4.8/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (304/392)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%


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