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MAGIC IS A CHILD

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.99 | 102 ratings

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Progfan97402
2 stars Time has certainly been more kind to Down to Earth for me, than when I first bought this in 1995 (I still think the horns and female backup vocalists needed to go). Even Recycled, which I haven't owned as long. But Magic is a Child is really where I felt Nektar sunk, and just about everyone lays the blame on Roye Albrighton's departure. Roye departed Nektar because he was the one member a bit reluctant to move to the United States, and he wasn't liking the fact they weren't working on a new album for 1976 (Recycled was released in the States in '76, although released in Germany late in '75). So comes an American named Dave Nelson. I really can't tell if Roye's departure was to blame or not, prog was already on the decline around the time of Recycled (Recycled isn't a favorite of mine, although it's grown on me some, it gives me reminders of prog's decline in the second half of the '70s), and Magic is a Child just sounds like Nektar adjusting to the changes to more simplistic songs. "Away from Asgard" sound like they were trying to sound like Yes, and it's not bad, and even if the title track is a bit repetitive, I do enjoy it, but a lot of it was the band desperately trying to go commercial (I know they did the same for Down to Earth, but amidst all the horns and female backup vocalists, you can still recognize it as Nektar). Larry Fast does bring in some nice synths from time to time, but this album really didn't leave an impression on me. In fact last time I gave it a listen, I bailed out near the end of side one. At least I paid next to nothing for it.
Progfan97402 | 2/5 |

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