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Crossover Prog

3.40 | 63 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpää
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4 stars This record was really fun artefact to encounter. It holds a strong sympathetic feeling, which is also present in its album covers. The first song starts with a strong keyboard riff, and is a better example of their straightforward bluesy songs. Two following songs continue with same style, "Very nice to call..." has a neat piano on it, but I found the next song quite irritating, as there's a oppressing verse which is repeated monotonic through the entire song. "Greencap" has fuzzed vocals a lá "21st Century Schizoid Man", and the psychedelic jamming on it resemble remotely Syd Barrett's "Lanky". The last song on the LP side A is really hilarious, which somehow resembles early Uriah Heep, maybe due to its rhythmic solutions and humoristic twists.

The B-side of the album is yet much better, and any psych fan getting into this record might start spinning the disc from this side. It holds a continuing non-stop music from beginning to the end, starting with hilarious "We're going away..." song. The early phase of this composition is quite normal organ-driven humor-rock, but suddenly the psychedelics begin to take over, and the unwary listener is sunk to a sea of tonal chaos. The performers truly went away, as they were promising. I found this is very beautiful, being like a homage to "Interstellar Overdrive". Later it finds a resolution from quiet and beautiful folky sequence, which eventually transmutes again to aggressive psychedelic jam. I would recommend this album for those, who enjoy records of Greenslade, Fuzzy Duck, Black Widow and Pink Floyd.

Eetu Pellonpää | 4/5 |


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