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Kingston Wall


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.07 | 117 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars This album was my first introduction to this band as a teenager, so I certainly have some nostalgic feelings for the disc. But on this record I really appreciate how the individual tracks form solid and logical musical entities, so I believe the band had evolved much, especially when compared to the "Mushroom" tests on their first album.

The first ten tracks create an over forty minutes long batch of continuous music. "Another Piece of Cake" opens the album with aggressive sabre dance on an oriental scale. "Welcome to The Mirrorland" works as a calm aural transitional space, being also a background for Petri's tales, then switching as an intro for "I'm The King, I'm The Sun". Petri drives the song furiously with his guitar and fabulous rhythm section friends supporting him. "The Key: Will" is again a short soundscape followed by reggae influenced "Take You to Sweet Harmony". The next ambience "Get Rid of Your Fears" starts to morph the reggae riff towards more oppressing and psychedelic direction. "When Something Old Dies" and "Alt - Land - Is" are musically practically a same song, the titles referring more to the lyrical contents. These lyrics are on my knowledge based on the religious cult which Petri was following, a factor which creates a slight feeling of unease for myself, with all the respects for all beliefs. "Party Goes On" returns to the more common rock feelings, and some verse parts give hints of the following nearly nine minutes long track "Stüldt Hĺjt", which breaks interestingly some genre barriers by using elements of techno music. I think this is quite good solution, as some parts of the underground techno movement are surely influenced by psychedelic music happenings. The phrase "Stüldt Hĺjt" is pronounced "Stay High", which maybe reveals the other important aspect of the band's lyrical output, and along with other cult descriptions, I must admit that I don't value these statements personally very much.

After the first silent moment in the record, "For All Mankind" creeps in with didgeridoo sounds, upon which the main song slowly fades in. As a composition, this is a very basic Kingston Wall song having only few Near-East sounding rock themes, from which a pleasant jam oriented music waving from strong to calm movements is built. Then the track "Time" sounds quite much like Red Hot Chili Peppers to my ears, being a laidback number with awesome solo parts growing its length to seven minutes. The album closer is the longest of all of the tracks reaching eighteen minutes. "The Real Thing" opens very slowly with a neat aural landscape. The composition has a really powerful chord progression, which is slowly revealed by the guitar creeping in. The middle section returns to the calm long space having a solo for a saxophone. The rock sequence returns for serious jamming, and after that the album ends in sorrowful ambient notes closing the books of both Petri and the band.

I had the chance to hear the Bonus CD coming along the 1998 remastered version. It had three songs "Skies Are Open", "Third Stone From The Sun" and "Have You Seen The Pygmi-Mies" which are recorded from a live concert. Sounds are not very pleasant, but the band worked better on stage in my opinion, and it's nice to listen good real, interactive co-playing of talented musician, which these guys surely were. Overall I consider this third album as the best from the three studio albums, possibly due my own personal experiences with it from my youth hood. Still the more essential of their recordings is in my opinion their 3CD live box. But if you like fast hard rock with psychedelic influences, you won't waste your money on this one.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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