Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 12/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"801 was basically a name Phil Manzanera used when working with fellow members of Roxy Music and other progressive rock pals. Their 801 Live was a space improvosation funk album that is one of the best side projects of any era.
Listen Now is different: not so spacey or improvasational, the whole record mines a creamy jazz funk condenced into tight songs. These numbers are melodic, and, despite the compact length of the numbers, bubble with interesting chord changes.
The album is sophisticated without being slick, streemlined without being predictable. These guys were some of the best in rock. If you can picture a funkier, more obtuse 10cc--in the way songs are turned into consious art pieces-- this is what Listen Now sounds like.
I don't need to tell you what to do next. The album does."