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MAN IN THE MOON

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.25 | 102 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The final "Nektar" studio album before a looooong break. Pop, rock. Nothing to do with prog nor psychedelic music of course (only their first two albums were fully psyche to be honest).

Some commercial music like the opening number "Too Young To Die". Sounds like a Supertramp one (but less melodic). Not too bad a start.Some fine ballads like "Angel" (on the very edge of the mellowest ones, syrupous to be precise) and the similar "Telephone".

The listener gets awake with "Far Away". A very pleasant pop / rock song, fully Supertrampish again. But, if I have to choose between this type of song and the funky / disco they have produced at times; I definitely go for the rocking ones.

The next song "Torraine" starts like a sweet one, but fortunately it will turn into an excellent song. Fully Camel oriented ("Slow Yourself Down"). This is my favourite song from this album so far. Very pleasant, really.

Some AOR-ish flavours with "Can't Stop You Now". I have never been into this genre; and this song won't do anything to change my opinion. One of the pooreset of "Man in the Moon". Nektar remains in the rocking territories with "We". It features a great musical middle-part. Almost hard-rock. Very powerful. Some great synthesizers as well. It ends on a pleasant vocal and melodic part. Well done.

This album is truely a mix of ballads and rock numbers; so back to the soft mood for "You're Alone". Nice vocals for this acoustic song but this mellow flavour is a bit too much to my ears. Especially that one does not expect this from "Nektar".

Fortunately, the closing number is radically different. Spacey opening, some great crying guitar, a very strange "voice from the other world" at times. This song is a nice trip back to their early works. My fave here. A nice way to say goodbye to the fans (temporarily).

The album deserves more than two stars. Five out of ten probably. Let's upgrade it to three.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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