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I'M IN YOUR MIND FUZZ

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.14 | 93 ratings

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BrufordFreak
3 stars The first of the string of highly acclaimed KG&TLW albums after breaking into the music scene just two years before.

1. "I'm in Your Mind" (3:34) almost a post punk rhythm track over which early-WHO-sounding vocal sings (in a high- pitched male voice.) (8.25/10)

2. "I'm Not in Your Mind" (2:58) quick switch using pretty much the same pace with a slightly altered bass line, stereotypic Egyptian melodies, DICK DALE-like twin guitars set the beach-psychedelic sound for some dueling wailing animal guitars. Interesting. Wish there was a little more variety of pace and punk-like rhythm tracks. (8.25/10)

3. "Cellophane" (3:11) moving without break like a train out of control, the rhythm section charges on as if nothing has changed. Lyrics, singing style, and guitar play have changed. (8.25/10)

4. "I'm in Your Mind Fuzz" (2:52) again, drums and bass flowing straight from the previous song, we re-enter that WHO-like domain of energetic 1960s psychedelic rock. This one, however, has a little more substance and pizzazz riding over the top of the rhythm track. (4.25/5)

5. "Empty (4:11) Finally, a new rhythm track?a whole new sound?with a GEDDY LEE-like voice singing over some hypnotic-yet-swirling psychedelic folk music?with a very uncharacteristic sound and stylistic switch for the last 30 seconds. (8.75/10)

6. "Hot Water" (3:24) opens with a fade in of a steady punk-rock drum beat over which flutes, bass, and vocals disperse their little intricacies. Interesting. (8.75/10)

7. "Am I in Heaven?" (7:06) a little SYD ARTHUR here! Then more to The WHO. This is listenable! And enjoyable! Nice Led Zeppelin-like harmonica play and mandolin interlude in the middle. An extended hard-drivin' instrumental passage is underwhelming but we are rescued at the end by a return to the vocals. (13/15)

8. "Slow Jam 1" (2:55) I couldn't agree more: You need to slow your mind down! Cuz when you do, like on this song, it works?and the band can produce interesting music. A near-rasta/reggae rhythm track is embellished with all kinds of alien space sounds. (4.5/5)

9. "Satan Speeds Up" (3:39) an interesting if familiar and repetitive intro turns mellow for the speed-flanged singing sections but then returns to the intro for the instrumental codas between verses. Flutes and guitars sounding as if they were canned in the 1960s and then the whole master pressed onto a sun-warped vinyl album. It is interesting and kind of innovative! (8.75/10)

10. "Her and I (Slow Jam 2)" (8:15) more experimentation with warping tracks or time elements, there comes a Carlos SANTANA-like guitar play and solo in the instrumental parts?along with the jungle screaming synths?but the drum, bass, and drum rhythm track is very straightforward and simple. There is a shift in the sixth minute to calm before the breakout of the harmonica storm. In the next vocal section, moved up a key or two, there is a very strong DAVID BOWIE-like sound and feel. Interesting. (17.25/20)

Total Time 42:05

Side Two demonstrates the talent, diversity, and potential of this band while Side One is one horrifying display of monotonous brain-smashing adolescent hormones.

B/four stars.

BrufordFreak | 3/5 |

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