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DOWN TO EARTH

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.41 | 125 ratings

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febus
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Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars ANOTHER GOOD---ROCK---NEKTAR ALBUM.

This is again a concept album about life in a circus; but there is nothing conceptual musically and hardly anything prog on this album. You have 9 separated tracks that have nothing in common except the 1'34'' 'FINALE.

This is a classic ROCK album with some good straight guitar sounding and some prog touches thrown here and there; the most proggish song is the second one NELLY THE ELEPHANT that reminds of an energetic PINK FLOYD, the rythm section just sounds the same , even the guitar solo. This is also my favorite track as the rythm is infectious and the addition of a brass section really brings some grandeur to this somg.

The melodies on this album are some of the best NEKTAR would come up during their carreer; EARLY MORNING ELEPHANT is a nicel acoustic song with a simple short, but beautiful guitar solo. The same goes for the delicate LITTLE BOY. The rocker FIDGETY QUEEN will become of their live shows staple; i don't think they never go on stage without playing , even now!

The music has been stripped down compared to earlier recordings, no heavy and complicated arangements like on the following album RECYCLED, there is room for the music to breathe. Let's keep it simple was the motto of the band, i guess, when they entered the studio back then. The sound throughout the album is fresh and lively, good rockers and gentle ballads mixed with a prog sauce, everything to made everybody happy! indeed, they succeed as this album did quite well!

Don't get me wrong! there is nothing out of this world either on DOWN TO EARTH; No new ground has been broken, but that's an album that is always a pleasure to listen to. A good rock album with a prog touch!!

I don't know if this a 3 or 4 stars album as i would like to give 3.5 stars; but let's be nice as i have been harsh with some of their other releases.

4 STARS

febus | 4/5 |

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