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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.79 | 294 ratings

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3 stars A RETURN TO FORM!!

After the disappointing REMEMBER THE FUTURE , NEKTAR comes back with a more proggish album than the last 2; Goodbye, soul, good riddance, funk. We are not going back either to their early space rock sound as RECYCLED is again on the hard side of prog with tight musicainship throughout the album, the guitar is 'heavy'', the rythm section powerfully rocking with ALLBRIGHTON singing- a lot. I guess he had a lot to say as this album is one of the first environmental -conscious recording to be published back then in 1975.

Some NEKTAR fans love this album, some don't! the reason is the presence of synth wizard LARRY FAST and some listeners cannot go through his ''cheesy'' sound. I am not one of those as it doesn't disturb me. There are 11 songs on this album, but it can be listen as one piece as there are no interruption between the tracks. This is not a dreamy album, it's full of energy, speedy vocal deliveries, scorching guitar riffs. The music doesn't take a break and keeps quite a similar tempo the whole album .I have to admit that i get tired listening to it after a while as there is a sense of sameness after a while.

The other problem with NEKTAR, i already have noticed in the past, is the weakness of the vocal melodies. You won't find gorgeous songs here except the first one and the last one .After a few songs, it sounds like 'deja vu'' or heard, should i say!

Thinking of NEKTAR as prog band, i am not sure they are. Of course, the first album JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EYE is a prog masterpiece as the suite A TAB IN THE OCEAN IS, but after that their music is kind of difficult to classify; ALLBRIGHTON loves his hard rock for sure; they even tried funk ; they jammed some blues rock as welL; I guess this is NEKTARl

The best tracks of the album are the first three that can be listened as one RECYCLE/CYBERNETIC CONSUMPTION.RECYCLE COUNTDOWN and the beautiful last track, the ballad IT'S ALL OVER that finally quiet things down at the end. I haven't mentionned yet the presence of a choir on many tracks; i let you judge on this one!!!

A good album, but not indispensable.


febus | 3/5 |


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