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Klaatu - 3:47 E.S.T. [Aka: Klaatu] CD (album) cover

3:47 E.S.T. [AKA: KLAATU]



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3.32 | 106 ratings

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3 stars The opening number from this work is really an engaging and very promising one. But, unfortunately, what follows can't compete with "Occupants...".

"Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft" is a symphonic number which combines fine orchestrations, cool vocals, a very pleasant melody and excellent arrangements. A truly sophisticated song which is the absolute highlight form this debut album.

The band is also essaying to integrate some good old psychedelia in their music. "California Jam" is such a track: again, the vocal harmonies are very well crafted (but this is a trade mark from "Klaatu"). The fake audience at the end of the song was probably not at all necessary though?

If you fancy a rockier mood, "Anus Of Uranus" or "True Life Hero" are available as well but these are nothing memorable to say the least. Better skipped IMO. To get back to better stuff, just listen to "Sub-Rosa Subway": it is definitely of another calibre and has a lot to share with the great "10 CC". This is really a song to listen to with headphones. There are so much to discover in there!

Great arrangements again and a superb production; but this is almost valid for each track from this album: "Doctor Marvello" is another example. And I guess that "Sir Bodsworth?" could have been written by Ringo Starr (to give you some hints about the level reached here).

Another long and symphonic piece closes the album: "Little Neutrino" is a fine achievement as well and a decent response to the brilliant "Calling Occupants?".

In all, this is a good album that features some very good songs and a couple of below average ones. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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