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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.95 | 558 ratings

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4 stars It's honestly kinda rare for me to find a album I strangely find endearing. Obviously there are records I love and would if I had the chance to get them on a record and play them on my player, but there are very few albums I'd say are the best album I have heard, and strangely, I found myself with something kinda like that with this album. Remember the Future by the Progressive and Psychedelic Rock band Nektar is quite the interesting album. I have heard it 3 times now to fully form my thoughts around it, since this record it felt like I needed a bit more time to reflect on it. Usually I hear it once and than I go to reviewing it, but strangely it was difficult to start my review for the album, and I think I know why, but before that let's get out some of the goods, the bads, and the weirdness of this album.

The album really shines a lot. With two suites, it can really hone in on some great aspects and some great music. I love the whole more traditional rock sound, however it doesn't hammer the album down. You can clearly see some psychedelic sounds the band pulls, which gives the album some unique flavors and blends of the more accessible rock at the time, specifically the rock in America with acts like Kansas and Styx, and the psychedelic rock of Hawkwind and Eloy. Despite the band being born in Europe they really showcase a nice blend of the western side of things with their Europe side of things. The album is also very funky which I love. It has a sort of twang and danceable charm too it, and it's clear the band wants to be enjoyed and be sophisticated at the same time. I never felt bored when they go a bit slower and down to earth though, I actually feel the opposite. They are pretty and are good parts to already great songs to just relax and mellow down after some good music. I never feel bored when I hear this album.

So let's get into some mishaps of this album, and really why I was a bit stumped on how to review this album. After 3 listens, I never found much to say that'd be critics, but yet I know this album isn't perfect. So I'll try to find something, how about the vocals. I was mostly talking about the instrumentation and the sound you'd find on the album, but never the singing. The singing is alright, not the best but it feels like they are trying to imitate their contemporaries over in the American rock scene, which isn't bad just kinda feels unoriginal. It also sort of gets a bit messy at times, not so much to where it is noticeable at first but after a few listens I sort of saw a tad screws loose. Other than that, nothing much really. It's honestly kinda hard to review a good album over a bad album. With a bad album you can tear it apart, but with a good album finding a flaw is rather hard to do. It all boils down too, should I hear a bad album to make a good review or hear a good album to make a ok review. It's a bit of an dilemma really.

So I really loved this album, but I would not call it perfect, but it definitely gave me a bit of perspective of my reviews and a dilemma on what to do. Maybe the album's title means more than just important words for this concept album, but instead asking me or anyone really to remember the future, and to remember it for it's growth. Who can really say? I sure as hell can't but I can at least try.

Dapper~Blueberries | 4/5 |


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