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DO YOU LIKE IT HERE NOW, ARE YOU SETTLING IN?

Man

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.91 | 65 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars Wales x West Coast hippie prog

My first Man album turns out to be a very satisfying experience. The band hailed from Swansea and while never exactly a household name, managed to release many acclaimed works in the 70s. While the album has an English psych-rock vibe it also draws comparison to the West Coast sounds, reminding me of bands like the Airplane and Spirit. It was recorded very quickly and features guests Dave Edmunds and Pete Ham, not surprising, as there are some Badfinger attributes here via the combination of good songs and economical, occasionally blistering rock. Man seemed to have a good sense of humor and an imaginative songwriting style, not unlike Stackridge, but they were much more rocking. This album features many grooving bluesy-psych jams with two lead guitarists who peel off some hot solos. The drumming is also pretty tight and interesting. The vocals are passable hippie rock vocals, nothing to write home about there. "Angel Easy" has a real Grateful Dead vibe. "All Good Clean Fun" gets high-minded with some crazy time changes and absurdist vocals. The highlight of the album is the creative take, lots of twists and turns worked into what would otherwise be just a period jam. I can't say if this is the definitive Man album since I have not heard the others, but it certainly worked as an album to get me interested in hearing more. Quite good.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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