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1 stars A shameless attempt at creating an original album whilst plagiarising ELO, the Beatles, Yes and Queen with a bit of Floyd thown in for good measure.

Things begin off promisingly enough with 'We're off you know' which is like watching one of those horrible religious channels on TV where everyone has smiles the size of water melons, doing the 'bouncy-bouncy' and waving their arms in the air.

On 'Madman' - the guitarist has evidently been listening to too much Floyd. Those guitars are straight off 'Animals' in a second rate manner. 'The Loneliest of Creatures' is just too stupid for words - with lead vocalist John Woloschuk trying his hardest to sound like Jon Anderson from 'Yes' with added overblown Queen style overdubs chucked in.

'Hope' is an album that's all over the place stylistically. Clear musical influences are recognised literally every minute. It's all quite toe-curlingly bad and thoroughly embarrassing throughout its duration. Take for example the 9 minute 'Long Live Politzania'. From the outset you've got 3 Canadians forcing excruciating Edwardian England cod upper class vocals, which has my eyebrows furrowing in annoyance. Lyrics include such classics as 'Long live Politzania we all love you, we'll smite our foes for we are right and God is all.' Did Billy Graham lend a hand here?

Klaatu are a parasitical non-entity, ready and willing at the drop of a hat to emulate their contemporaries without any shame at all. The music simply isn't good and the less said about the lyrics the better. I would have given one and a half stars for the fact that it's actually well engineered and produced. God knows why they were given the time in a professional studio to produce this exceptionally unoriginal album.

Dobermensch | 1/5 |


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