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NO. 2

Kin Ping Meh

 

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3.03 | 11 ratings

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tuxon
3 stars One of those albums you happen to stumble on, recognising the name due to this site I decided to have a listen and found it to be very enjoyable and a worthy addition to my collection. Kin Ping Meh's second album is a highly enjoyable rock album which combines some late 60's psychedelic rock with classic 70's bluesrock, personally I think they stylishly lended a great deal from Cream and (early)Deep Purple, and actually managed to pull it off to sound just as good, be it less flashy than Deep P and not as technical as both mentioned bands, but the energy is there. I especially love some of the guitar soloing going on above the (generally) straight forward rock bass/drum core. Little psychedelic elements added by keyboards and spaced out guitarworks places it not only geographical, but also musical in the krautrock genre (early Eloy, Can and Amon Düül II spring to mind, but you have to want to hear it), that doesn't changes the fact that the album mostly listens to as a classic rock album.

Come Down To The Riverside starts as a folkish (Led Zep Style) psychedelic bluesrock song, lovely atmosphere, good energy and a good voice, with Don't Force Your Horses that energy and quality is continued with good guitar riffing (again Led Zep) augmented with a good melodic guitarsolo. Come Together is the Beatles song, actually a good cover, they create a great rhythm doing justice to the unsurpassable original, the following Together Jam adds some great guitar soloing to the song, the kind of guitar solo that I enjoy listening to, not overtly flashy, but in the right key and tempo for it to stay enjoyable, also through the supporting segments (beginning and end).

Livable Ways is rather good, a bit more psychedelic than the first half of the album, with slower pace and you have to dig deeper to enjoy the build-up and ultimate explosion, again with a rather good guitar solo. Day Dreams is not as good as the rest, basically after the nice intro it turns into a rock ballad which would have suited Styx or later day Chicago better. Very Long Ago is enjoyable, certainly if you like banjo country rock, just for the enjoyment factor I want to add an additional star, just for this song (but I won't). I Wonna Be Lazy sets the band back into blues rock territory, a nice ending to the original album. The CD version I have has 2 additional songs, which both are nice, Sometime is a slow blues song, and Sunday Morning Eve is a standard rock song, with nice piano (bit Chicago reminiscence), nice additions to the album.

Overall I rather enjoyed this album, not a brilliant album or anything, but when you come across it don't be afraid to buy, for it's a good record. Just below 4 stars.

tuxon | 3/5 |

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