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3 stars Possibly the wierdest Krautrock album I have heard in a while, this is total psychedelic and cosmic sounds at their best. Early electronics mixed with slight rock and psychedelia withs some ethnic colours make for the best of albums, as the concept is definatly beased upon Egyptians and their was of dealing with life and the like.

1.Egyptian Kings - The fist sign of this new and more cosmic direction, Brainticket start to take notice of other Krautrockers Ash Ra Tempel and Dzyan, as the ethnic feel is there and the newer and synth-led sound is free. A moog riff is played repetativly through a march of beauty, including poetry and flute, with heavy percussion at the fore front. This would eventually lead into electronica, I can definatly see the interest in this track as it takes a while to grow. Extremely great opener. (9.5/10)

2.Jardins - The longest track on the whole album, and one of the top cuts as well. The song is extremely similar to the opener of the album in structure, as many ethnic influences are present. The cut is essentially the same riff as the opening, but evolves on more electronics, then eventually leading into a sitar and indian inspired acid-laced jam. Very cool the way that the sitar is being played, not as a chord, but with single and interesting notes that spread through the music in an interesting way. An uplifting and poetic epic track. (10/10)

3.Rainbow - After two great opening tracks, an electronic interlude is within the album. Awkward bleeps and bloops to say the least. An easy skipper. (3/10)

4.Era of Technology - Another filler, as the bad trip type of vocals and crazy speechs make the cut almost unlistenable. Odd electronics are here and there, but don't work as well on the previous track. Odd instrument sounds here that don't really make sense when with the words. What the hell is going on with this? (2.5/10)

5.To Another Universe - After two extremely unlistenable tracks, this one breaks the chains in terms of LSD trips. The crazy male German voices mixed with English female voices, odd electronics, heavy drumming and insane synths make the track an almost run-off of the Brainticket's debut album. The track then lightens into an almost meditative state, maybe classical in structure and a bit RIO/Avant-garde type of mix. Odd, but it works. (8/10)

6.The Space Between - Possibly the most experimental of the bunch. Dark and squeky noises enter the track, but then soon leads to extremely catchy synthesizer playing and a dark theme that is definatly present in the percussion instruments. Soft organ is played, but the crazy synths and audio generators make for a repetative and almost unlistenable state of mind. I wouldn't recommend listening, as it is very odd and awkward. (5.5/10)

7.Cosmic Wind - A wierd mixture of pleasuring electronics and soft, acoustic melodies. A favourite off the album, as the track stays much like this. Soft flute is also present with the interesting sitar and guitar playing. A calming track after such experimentation. (8/10)

8.Visions - A bit more classical in the structure, is a weak closer to the album. The cut is truely not needed, as Cosmic Wind could have keep the album fine. The problem is really that the music truely isn't psychedelic enough. Though the ethnic bongos are present, the piano playing really just dosen't mix with all the electronica and haze above it, which really makes it stand out as bland. The synth-laden ending is great, but by then, it's too little too late. An odd closer to an oddity of an album. (5/10)

There are many ups and downs to this album, to classical structure to complete space electronica, never failing to create many landscapes. A 3 stars is needed, as it's not truely a must have in your collection, but it couldn't hurt it!

Jazzywoman | 3/5 |


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