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A TAB IN THE OCEAN

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.06 | 530 ratings

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TheDapperFactor
4 stars The album fails to carry the momentum of the title track

A Tab in the Ocean| 10/10 One of the few songs in existence I can honestly give a 10/10. The song (not the album, mind you) is the prime definition of cohesive. It is a truly captivating listen all the way through. I'm no music expert, but by prog standards, the song is not all that complex. Yet, there is something about it that draws me to it. I firmly believe that Nektar never topped this song (yes, even Remember the Future, though it is a better album). The vocals feel in place, the instrumentation is conservative yet effective. Presentation is everything in this song.

Desolation Valley/Waves| 7/10 A decent song, but it really is a shame that "A Tab in the Ocean" was not paired with better songs to make an overall good album. This song and the rest of the songs on the album just fail to reach that peak. Now, the main riff to this song is good, the vocal sections are good, but the song really doesn't go anywhere.

Crying in the Dark| 7/10 Vocal sections are lackluster, but the song is instrumentally interesting. I'd say more so than either Desolation Valley or King of Twilight. Though I'd say this song fails to utilize the cowbell well, and for that I penalize it.

King of Twilight| 7/10 A standard rock song. Nothing all that special to me. Decent, but not what I'd consider to be among their finest.

Average: 7.75/10

Weighted Average: 8.34/10

TheDapperFactor | 4/5 |

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