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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.06 | 441 ratings

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3 stars No doubt in my mind that this is superior psychedelic rock.

The title says it all. A tab of what? Where? Apparently the eponymous tab would explain why fish behave so strangely ... and, I'd imagine, was a signal to prospective purchasers that they were in for forty minutes of drugged-out bliss. The title track is an excellent epic, with a gentle start and a powerful finish, with much to entertain the listener in between. Guitar and keyboards lay an impressive foundation for the vocals, which, along with the lyrics, are perhaps the weakest part of this outfit: very generic sounding, which was never a curse with PINK FLOYD, but is definitely a handicap here.

'Desolation Alley/Waves', the second suite, is good old blues with a psychedelic twist. It contains a killer riff and wonderful bass lines, and is easily the most immediate of the three suites on the album, paying out on the first listen. 'Cryin' in the Dark/King of Twilight' is less immediate, but is still a considerable achievement, with pride of place going to ALBRIGHTON's guitar.

Not quite four stars, but a competent effort nonetheless. NEKTAR would get better from here.

russellk | 3/5 |


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