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The Rube Goldberg Machine: Fragile Times album review

Album Review

Londoners The Rube Goldberg Machine’s difficult debut is well worth the effort.

Wikipedia defines a Rube Goldberg machine as “an invention… that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion.” Some might argue that many prog musicians’ wilfully difficult approach to playing straightforward rock’n’roll makes them its musical equivalent. But when the result ties carefully interwoven tapestries of riffs, melodies and rhythms together in the beguiling fashion of this London trio, you won’t consider the comparison as a negative one.

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