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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.45 | 176 ratings

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3 stars The opening track has the same decadent sound than the early "Roxy Music".

"Reefer Madness" is indeed a demoniac song, full of frenzy, and ultimate madness. I like it very much (but be aware, it is not easily accessible). Superb beat and fantastic sax. It is a very rich song, at times close to some marvelous cacophony and very catchy at the same time. A highlight.

The great & hypnotic riff of "Steppenwolf" is another good moment of the album. Not as disturbing as the opener, but quite different of a traditional "Hawkwind" song. Which is more the type of "City Of Lagoons" with its spacey and repetitive mood. A very pleasant album so far.

The first weak moment is "Aubergine.". Repetitiveness is OK, for a while. But his one is a bit too much and not attractive at all. The contrary of some sort of pre-punkish rock song : The NY Dolls could have written this one. And since I like The Dolls quite a lot.Yes, I like "Kerb Crawler".

"Katmandu Flyer" sounds as an old psychedelic song which could have been released some eight years before. Not really interesting, I must say. But even if we all know that this album isn't a masterpiece, it deserves your attention thanks to a good bunch of very decent songs. Above average, definitely. Like the pleasantly tripping "Chronicle." which ends on an excellent guitar part.

It is also true to admit that the bonus tracks are not great. A poor "Dream Of Isis". Truly useless and which is best avoided. Good rock music with "Back On The Street", and I am not really enthusiast about "Hunky Dory". Oooups, sorry "Honky Dorky".

All in all, this album is very pleasant and fully deserves three stars (even a bit more to be honest). Seven out of ten.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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