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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.55 | 4 ratings

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Chris H
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3 stars Wait, this isn't the 60's?

Alientar has done such an amazing job of blending their own melodic breed of psychedelia with some classic elements of funk and blues music that when you listen to this album, it is almost impossible to believe that it was recorded in 2004, not 1968!

A lot of people say to me that they believe Alientar is the modern Pink Floyd, but that might be stretching it a little too far. Sure, the basic genre styling is there, but Alientar blends too much other genres such as blues and funk into their music in order for it to be the straight pysch experience that most modern bands can't seem to get a grasp on anymore.

Songs like "Good Luck" and "Kraz-E NayBr" are pure rock and roll songs to the fullest extent, especially "Good Luck", with its mild tempos and skipping keyboards. There are songs like those two scattered throughout the album that really take away from the psychedelic powerhouses on here such as "Stuck To Earth", "Bizarre" and "Hypnosis", the trilogy that ends the album in a huge blowout fashion. The screeching guitars and cymbal crashing is what one should expect to hear when a psychedelic album is being closed out. The keyboard solo in the middle of "Bizarre" just might be the greatest moment on this whole album as well.

All in all, this was a very ambitious effort by an unknown Western-USA to crack into the highly skilled and elite world of psychedelic rock fusion. When trying to accomplish something like that, you almost need to make a huge first impression on your debut release, but unfortunately for Alientar, this was only a so-so effort that probably won't get them remembered as a psychedelic act. The vocals were too straight forward rock and roll, and the musical aspect was too structured and less free form psych.

3 stars, a good overall package, but not that new millennium psychedelic experience you so badly crave.

Chris H | 3/5 |


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