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ELECTRIC LADYLAND

Jimi Hendrix

 

Proto-Prog

3.91 | 249 ratings

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1 stars I think Jimi Hendrix hair was far better than his overrated Electric Ladyland. The provoking original album art (nudity included), the skills to improvise amazing guitar solos, the effects (I think you know that Hendrix was the father of guitar effects)... Most of you may say Hey, the hallucinogens expanded Hendrix mind to write this beautiful album! but I'll say you are totally wrong, in my honest opinion. This guy had everything to write a masterpiece of the psychedelic music, but even with the guitar in hands, I think he was caring more of the pot in his mouth. The drugs are not what makes a badass songwriter. Barret made a masterpiece writing Floyd's debut, but Hendrix even being the pioneer of a series of guitar things, his songs are nothing but a disappointment in most cases. The enjoyment of this album is 1/5 for me. The previous Hendrix works are very relevant for the music industry, to the rock musicians and overall guitarists, with some cool songs, but not great as a whole album, just average. But this one have no fun, really. That lenghty Voodoo Chile, the first time I heard it I think It was a joke or what? Why so hype? And finally the most overrated song, Voodoo Child, it's the perfect cliche. In terms of experiments and effects, you will find some interesting stuff like Burning of The Midnight Lamp (of course this is a highlight of the album, maybe the best song here), but unfortunattely, it doesn't help the album at all. Don't be fooled by the noisy opening track ( ...And the Gods Made Love), the Electric Ladyland will run and it will be a normal based blues, but... experienced. I personnaly hate this record. Even being the worst Hendrix album of the real trilogy (Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold As Love, Electric Ladyland), it's better than a lot of lame blues singers doing the pentatonic scale without even try something catchy or a different chord sequence. You should try this album because of his history, and listening to Hendrix and thinking of his strenght and intelligence for his decade, creating and innovating the current way of guitar playing is a good experience, but the songs are not catchy here, and is rather try this album at the internet or digital media before buying a copy, really. You should like it, as many fans, but if you still aren't into The Jimi Hendrix Experience and didn't heard of the Electric Ladyland before, I'm warning you to don't spend your money with this one so hastily, it's a poor album if you are looking for new albums using the Prog Archives. I will reccomend you Spirit's Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, a psychedelic/proto-prog album featuring Randy California (who played with Hendrix with The Blue Flame). By the way I already wrote a review for that album, and I think with this Spirit's masterpiece (and maybe the only good album from them), the Hendrix partner Randy California did everything that Hendrix didn't talking about catchy tunes into psychedelic/proggy rock/blues.
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