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CURIOUS CORN

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 176 ratings

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azemodeus
5 stars Having every studio album by the Ozrics myself, I have to agree with a previous reviewer that Curious Corn is their best album. OT has fused together instrumental and electronic to make some of the most amazing music I've ever heard. The synthetic-electronic sounds that are created are beautiful and complex, the guitar is powerful yet supernatural, the flutes are magical, and the rock drumming and base all blend together to create an unparalleled sound. The album is otherworldly, as is much of OT, but listening to it I often picture a pre-historic and unknown planet earth, full of wonder and mystery... with curious corn. This album is intense and beautiful, the most passionate music of my extensive collection, infusing with my soul as well as my mind.

The track Oolite Groove is an excellent example of the genius of their compositioning, where they have blended flute, guitar, and drums with electronic to produce a track that simultaneously rocks like no other and takes you to another planet. I get chills evertime I hear this one and I'm sure that God has this one on his "best of" mix. This may be the best example of OT of their over fifteen albums.

The title track Curious Corn contains the best of Ozric's signature jamming style: fast-paced rocking-out drumming and base guitar along with the psychedelic electronic. And the Ozric's do this best. There are amazing electronic and guitar solos and the structure is characteristic of epic prog with the change-up of a classical piece. I would describe the structure as most similar to Gentle Giant with the tracks "Runaway" or "Proclamation". Of course the style is much different: GG has the medieval or renaissance flavor while OT has a flavor created from their view of some mystical alien planet.

From start to finish the album takes you on an incredible journey. Every track is well composed, from the mostly electronic but absolute genius "Afroclonk" and the complex instrumental-electronic fusion of "Oolite Groove" and "Curious Corn" to both "Spyroid" and "Meander" which cap off the album with the beautiful yet mystical theme (as I see it). This album is profound, transcending the human to touch the mystery of life beyond the everyday. The fusion of electronic sound with an eclectic assortment of instruments comes together in Curious Corn and a landmark alsbum is produced, a major stepping stone to the future of progressive rock and music altogether.

azemodeus | 5/5 |

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