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3.35 | 118 ratings

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2 stars [I'm pretty pissed because the server was overwhelmed and I somehow got logged out of my account and my very wordy review was lost, so now I'm just going to fill up the space thusly and try to remember exactly what it is that I had to say. Because I had things to say. Not every day I write a review of that caliber about an album I didn't even think was "all that". You get it. Onto the... thing...]

This is basically a classic Gong lineup, with not only Daevid ALLEN and Gilli SMYTH, but also Didier MALHERBE--sharing reeds responsibilities with now-Prog-household name, Theo TRAVIS who also plays keys, etc.--and Mike HOWLETT. They are joined then by drummer Chris Taylor, who really naturally fits the bill for a Gong drummer: jazzy, groovy, etc.

I did go on to describe every single song on here, to some extent before. Let's see what I can do in a lightning round:

"Foolfare" opens very nicely into "Magdalene", perhaps a highlight (there was really only one), which then goes into "The Invisible Temple", a classic space rock song. Don't remember what else to say (I don't have the time). "Zeroid" I would say is an oldhead's (sorry?) take on futurist something something. I dunno. I said it better before, I'm sure. "Wise Man in Your Heart" was kinda boring; kind of a smooth jazz thing, I think. "The Mad Monk" was almost good. "Yoni On Mars" I don't remember.

I'll break it up here, as "Damaged Man" was, if anything, the sure highlight: an eerie track that unfolds into this very complex avant-jazz space thing. I probably said it better before. Who cares? "Bodilingus" was some hippy- dippy bullsh*t about getting in touch with your body(?). If I had more psychedelic experiences, maybe I can get with it (I'm skeptical). "Tali's Song" was also boring. Nothing to say about it. And lastly "Infinitea" (love the name) is just a very straight-ahead space rock jam.

That's it. Nothing of note in terms of "new". I dunno. This is what you get lol.

True Rate: 2.5/5.0

DangHeck | 2/5 |


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