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4.14 | 777 ratings

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4 stars Zany follow-up to Flying Teapot.

Things get complex on this second instalment of the Radio Gnome trilogy, both in terms of storyline and music. Overall, the musicianship and the recording quality are better here than on Flying Teapot (or previous albums), and the band is tight and clear. Songs like Oily Way and (Malherbe's) Flute Salad, and the many improvs (inner/outer temple, other side of the sky, etc) are wonderful. Like many middle instalments of trilogies, however (think The Empire Strikes Back), this one essentially ends with 'to be continued': the story by this time is meant to continue over into the third instalment. In general, the story takes precedence over the music here - the tunes are shorter, there are more vocals, and more short snippets meant to complete the story, which means there are more minutes here which are less musical than are found on either Flying Teapot or You. Still some great music, mind you, and of course, this is totally completely original, largely the brainchild of Daevid Allen. But while excellent, and obviously necessary to complete the trilogy, it is not quite at the level of five stars. I give this 8.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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