Hendrix reentered the studio mere months after recording Are You Experienced? and began work on Axis: Bold As Love. For many artists, recording a successful follow-up album to a hit is a difficult, indeed in some cases impossible, endeavor which often takes years of laboring over new material, but such was not the case for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's writing is much tighter and his music much more accessible. Some of his more extravagent and indulgent impulses (like Third Stone From the Sun) appear to have been tamed, and Hendrix seems to be trying to appeal to a more pop oriented audience. Indeed, you will only find two songs on the album which exceed the three minute radio barrier of the day. Chas Chandler's influence as creative consultant, manager, and producer is quite pronounced in this regard, and subsequently, Axis: Bold As Love is less raw than Are You Experienced, MUCH more accessible than Electric Ladyland, and not even in the same ballpark with Band of Gypsys.
Yeah, it's not the most memorable material Hendrix ever produced, but it's still extremely good. It's a terrible way to familiarize yourself with Hendrix's body of work if you're a Hendrix novice, but for the music lover and Hendrix fan, Axis: Bold As Love is an essential album, a must own, without a doubt.