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ZERO TO INFINITY

Gong

 

Canterbury Scene

3.53 | 69 ratings

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Heptade
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4 stars This is a fine return to form by a late-period lineup featuring old friends Didier Malberbe and Mike Howlett, along with Gilli Smyth and Daevid Allen. There is plenty of pot-head pixy madness on tracks like "Bodilingus" and "The Mad Monk", but also a lot of spacy grooves, space whisper and a wonderful lengthy ballad in "Wise Man in Your Heart". Allen sounds like the old guru that he is as he croaks sagely on each number, while Smyth's wailing sounds just like it did in 1973. What impressed me most was the production- it's modern but warm (very unlike that on "Shapeshifter", which was hollow and cheap-sounding) and an excellent update to the band's sound. The record sounds contemporary but still with the old Gong spirit intact. The only problem, and it's a small one, is that I really can't see how this continues the already obtuse and nonsensical Zero the Hero story...but that's not essential. This record may not be up at the heights of "You" or "Angel's Egg", but it's not that far off. Good stuff.
Heptade | 4/5 |

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