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SPACE SHANTY

Khan

 

Canterbury Scene

4.28 | 448 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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2 stars Psych-Canterbury with hard rock punch.

This is a hard rocking bit from one album band Khan. I find it much closer to other hard rocking acts of the time than the rest from the Canterbury scene (Caravan in particular). The album goes through a variety of themes inter-weaved with one another throughout the entirety of the album.

The vocals are well, terrible. The lyrics are poor (I could tell what the next line would be before it was "sung") and their's little variation in the voices which basically have maybe an octave range. Another key problem is how, despite that some of this can be very interesting, it appears that Hillage and Stewart are in competition at who can solo better than the other throughout almost all the songs, with no real concern for the basic premise of the song until a definite rhythm section can be found again. The rhythm sections are really quite good, but only last a short while before some less than inspiring vocals come in.

Mixed Up Man of the Mountains is my favorite track here, but parts of it I can't stand, especially the "doodle doodle doo doo" section in the middle. The otherwise uplifting and powerful beginning is completely erased by the dismal vocal performance and a muddy background. It ends well though, and the "racing" keyboard finally fits well somewhere with by far the best vocal performance "Don't you know I can fly"; the only powerful and moving piece I found in the album.

I think this could very well be a much better "project". The rhythm sections and melodies are quite intriguing, but the musical masturbation (soloing leading to nowhere) just screams why? Find an intriguing voice, and key in on the powerful rhythm sections, and I could find myself listening to this quite often.

OpethGuitarist | 2/5 |

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