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JOURNEY

Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 84 ratings

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Jazzywoman
4 stars Exploring the depths of space can leave a person cold and bleak, but this album suprisingly takes those two aspects and turns it into an advantage. This album is the only one that i have of Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, but i'm sure glad that I own it. Though not perfect with its subpar drum machine effects and production, the music itself is usually excellent. Down to it's trippy artwork and hallucinatory sound effects, I would call it a leap forward in time for the Psychedelic/Space Rock genre, as it is one of my favourites.

1.Time Captives - The opening drum machine beat sounds like a heart thumping, and sets the atmosphere for this Hawkwind - like track. The track goes into the depths of a persons brain and mind, and the music is excellent. Using guitars and synthesizers sparringly, the track is one of my all-time favourites of the genre with its disillusioned vocals the can send anyone into a mind-trip. (9/10)

2.Triangles - Another great track, and the title may be a play on the types of sounds that come from the minimoog synthesizer. The track is much happier in nature, showing signs of a good trip, instead of the afore mentioned "spiraling into the depths of space" opening track. The keyboards flourish heavily on this track and are the key ingredient to making this track whole. (8.5/10)

3.Gypsy - Great track after great track it seems, though this one has to be the highlight. The dramatic opening with heavy synthesizer dosages mixed with mellotron tinges can make anyones mind explode. The track is very quiet and near electronica, showing heavy signs of drones and distorted, robotic keyboard sounds. The vocals are a strong point, very powerful for such an intense and mechanic track. (10/10)

4.Superficial Roadblocks - The first song that i don't really care for, personally. The opening is cringe-worthy, and the vocals take on a whole new robotic form; in a bad way. Skip! (5/10)

5.Conception - The worst track on the album, hands down. The track is nothing but terrible and gross sound effects that I can't really stand to hear. Thank the high heavens its under three minutes! (3/10)

6.(Beginning of) - A guitar chord, nothing much. (1/10)

7.Spirit of Joy - Now the album gets back on the road with a single - worthy track. The opening has sparse guitar and keyboard notes, but then turns into a toe-tapping rock with an excellent guitar riff augmented with great organ and mellotron. The drum machine is the only thing that makes this track slightly annoying, though the excellent vocals more than make up for this problem. (9.5/10)

8.Come Alive - Another highlight for the album. Excellent riffage throughout the song, with crunchy bass playing and great guitar playing. The vocals and trippy lyrics can send people through vortex's and galaxies no one has ever seen. This track is essential listening. (9/10)

Though the album has its highlights and lowlights, its an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection, as well as early electronica and techno lovers who are looking to expand their horizons. 4 stars, and a high 4 stars at that.

Jazzywoman | 4/5 |

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