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JUST A POKE

Sweet Smoke

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 131 ratings

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Uruk_hai
4 stars Review #79

Two days ago I was walking home and I ran into a store that sells Marihuana accessories (like pipes and that kind of stuff) and there was a really interesting song playing from there. I walked into the store to ask what song it was and the girl that was working in the store (who was all high) showed me what she was listening to; we started to talk a little bit about music and she asked me what my tattoo was and I told her that it was the cover of a KING CRIMSON album (it's "Discipline") so she asked me to show her my favorite song of that band and I told her to listen to "21st century schizoid man", I said goodnight and got out of there. Last night I entered to say hello again and to ask if she had liked CRIMSON and she told me "oh, yeah, I liked it a lot and right when it ended an album called "Just a poke" by SWEET SMOKE started and I really liked it too".

I haven't heard "Just a poke" in like six or seven years, so thanks to that girl I'm re-discovering it and oh, man! It is so much better than I remembered. This album has a very hippie weed smokey atmosphere. The first song is the one I like the most: the flutes are hypnotic and the incessant guitar riff is quite enjoyable. The reference to THE DOORS' "Soft parade" is great (so great that it sounds way much better than THE DOORS).

"Silly Sally" is a very nice jamming song too: the percussion section and the saxophone lines give it a jazzy but yet very psychedelic sound (Psychedelic Jazz, I'd say). Actually I was surprised when I read this band is considered into the Psychedelic/Space Rock sub-genre, I thought it would be more related to Jazz Rock/Fusion since it reminds me a lot to some JRF bands such as COMA, MISSING LINK or even NUCLEUS.

I thought that my rate to this album would be only three stars, but now that I'm listening to it all over again I believe it deserves one more. Absolutely recommended to fans of jazzy, hippie, psychedelic and bluesy late sixties and early seventies bands.

About the girl I'll only say that I'll visit her more often because she's insanely cute and it is always nice to meet somebody to talk about cool music.

Uruk_hai | 4/5 |

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