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The Incredible String Band


Prog Folk

3.31 | 69 ratings

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2 stars "Koeeodaddi There" opens the album with a melancholic, perhaps nostalgic sort of Psychedelic/Raga Folk. Unsurprisingly full of many sounds and more than decent melody. Then we have "The Minotaur's Song", quite seriously about the Crete Labyrinth legend from the perspective of the minotaur... It's just so damn silly haha. Like I don't have anything good to say kind of silly. From silly we go to dark and gloomy with "Witches Hat", which features some lovely harpsicord(?) and later on some sort of whistle. Regardless, didn't do a whole lot for me.

Then we have "A Very Cellular Song", which... is just such an odd title to me. This is a very long, old-timey sing-songy number lasting a whopping 13 minutes. Some interesting somethings are goin' around minute 4, but you'd have to endure (to me) what came before. And then there's this lovely fiddle solo to open up the next verse. Quite the endeavor, but it ain't for me, friends. "Mercy I Cry City" up next is actually something quite nice in comparison to everything before [and to follow]. Great melodies, awesome head-boppin' rhythm (keep in mind, with no percussion) and some lovely, wildly performed (apparently) reeds (sounds like a recorder).

Moving right along, we're back into the ominous (and occasioned) melancholy of "Waltz of the New Moon". There's something here. As a regular old Folk tune, I quite like it. Just trying to be reasonable here with my rating, song to song. Then we have "The Water Song". Another sort of hymnic tune, our singer seeking to be taught "the lesson of flowing", which of course in this day in age was hippie, "new age", and ultimately Eastern. The final minute or so is rather interesting. We've got another long one, with the nearly 8-minute "Three is A Green Crown". With sitar and more, we're back into Raga. It's long and compositionally flat. I do find it interesting, if anything, the mix of East and West religiosity. "Swift as the Wind" is next, starting with a straight rhythm and wordless "Ahhhs" and simple percussion. Most of the song is "Ahhhs" by the way. I'm not so sure... Finally, we have "Nightfall". Quieted, simple. The sitar and other strings are pretty cool, but the song was a merp from me.

Nice to see I'm not alone in my feelings here. Some good ideas, but only on occasion do those really shine. I'm nearing the end of my Incredible String Band exploration, that's for sure.

DangHeck | 2/5 |


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