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WATERFALL CITIES

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.83 | 113 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars Although definitely not a bad album, "Waterfall Cities" is for me a low point in the Ozric's catalogue. All the song's groovy bass lines, organic sounding synth, and (occasionally) ripping guitar doesn't muster the same energy or enthusiasm as with many of their other albums.

Although all Ozric albums are similar, I feel that "Waterfall Cities" emphasis on synth-led, repetitive melodies and effects "sploosh", "tinkle", "plinke", and "shpiral" without much effect. A few moments come across as sounding downright goofy, and go on for too long, almost like they're just vamping until Ed comes up with something to play on his guitar. However, it's when he actually plays that this album's real problem becomes apparent-- not in his playing (Ed Wyne is phenomenal), but in its production. Every song sounds like my stereo's treble is turned up too high (I checked, it isn't), which gives the guitar a "tinny" sound that fails to capture much emotion or attention.

Still, the Ozrics are so good that there are a few standout tracks, especially the title song, which makes "Waterfall Cities" worth buying for fans of the band. These few gems show the album's sonic depth and style; however, most will find their other albums more satisfying.

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: NA Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |

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