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BREATHE AWHILE

Arcadium

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.80 | 68 ratings

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Marty McFly
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3 stars Sometimes you are listening new album and you aren't thinking. You just feel that it deserves best mark, because you feel it that way. OK, but that argument is not good enough to support your rating. But you know that in its category (psychedelic prog in this case), this album stands so still and so unknown, hidden in depths of progressiveness, that it can easily be shaded gem. But try to wipe out dust that surrounds it and instantly (after first song) you just Know. After many listens, you are decided.

As everything in this kind of psychedelic music, it uses similar pattern. Organ as underlay, sometimes two of them (one underlay, second takes soloing part), with it repeating guitar riff and hypnotic drums. Well, not only drums, everything here is very, well, psychedelic (that's the name). I wonder how it would be if I was high (best suited is maybe LSD), but that's something I will never know. OK, but feelings of normal, sober mundane earthling can be enough as well. Yeah there are two types here - slow and fast songs (as it looks like)

"I'm On My Way" is great intro. I always though that psych. music is (don't beat me) little bit monotone, weak and that Pink Floyd are not so classic psych and because of it I like them. But this album kicked me on a way of psychedelic lover with hope that there will be more records like this one. I must confess that (YES) I'm doing this thing with head (circling it around slowly to the rhythm) on some parts, slowly head banging on others. This music is simply experience. Jumping right into it could be good way to witness it all. Another fact is that this song starts with slow rhythm and (also) slowly coming to psych climax, which we can see in last few minutes. Sort of ironic name, he's on his way, I'm walking on this way now also.

and so on, no need to continue. Another reason is that it can turn skeptic and unbeliever like me into maybe-fan of this genre. Maybe after some time spend on listening this kind of music I'll reconsider my rating, but by far I don't know better psych prog album. I think the thing I like the most is this guitar solo through entire songs, dueling organ and guitar also.

EDIT: Year (and 10 days) later.

Not so strong impression after all these years, it now sounds rather plain and noisy, not clever and strong as it was before. Well

3(+) is more suitable I suppose. Not that variable music, because they simply play the same thing over and over again. However, my previously stated words are still true.

Marty McFly | 3/5 |

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