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Nektar - A Tab In The Ocean CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.06 | 519 ratings

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5 stars The Floyd is back. With more attitude, and heavier. Nektar scores high by their efforts of making hypnotic prog-rock. I'm a total newbie in this category. Don't get me wrong, I like Pink Floyd, but this is Barrett period material....who needs drugs? No need with that.

What struck me first is the alternation between heavy riffs and quieter parts. The switching between hard and softer parts is flowing and never forced, which testifies of thoughtful and careful writing and a desire to not rush things and getting heavy too soon. Good, very good.

Also the band has a powerful sound. Impressive for 1972. Powerful bass/drum interplay. A bit like Focus had in Moving Waves. This is your basic guitar/bass/drum/hammond band, and well, a bit more could've been welcomed. Anyway, the more you listen, the more you discover deeper stuff. Like the cool cat atmosphere of Desolation Valley. The guitar takes you right where you need to be, a bit jazzy, smooth, groovy bass...bullseye.

This record is certainly not a hole in one, but this is a newbie speaking. This is very comforting 'cause if you like the Floyd, jump on it. You'll be on known ground automatically.

I'd like to thank James Unger for the suggestion. Be sure to check out his website (listed in the ProgArchives prog links).

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