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Specimen 37


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.91 | 13 ratings

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3 stars I very nearly stopped listening to this CD after the first 2 tracks as they're a bit too electronic for my tastes but then the third song "Monday" came on. Wow, what a difference! a fantastic track with notable female guest vocals and the best number on the CD, certainly the most melodic. This song had me hooked after the first listen and I've been playing it ever since.

Although the band are classified under psychedelic/space rock, the music here shows a wide range of influences from electronic to progressive metal with a bit of the afore-mentioned psychedelic space rock in between. Some of the music is reminiscent of Magellan. Heavy guitars and drums give the music an edge over the top of the electronics and voices and the musicianship is as excellent as the production. The tasteful guitar playing is a major feature of this CD. The only downside of it is that perhaps the variety of styles may mean that, like me, you love some of the songs and don't like others.

The album itself is meant to depict "seven days in the life of the nameless 'specimen', one man locked in an existential struggle to find meaning in everyday mundane acts."

Amongst the other tracks,"Thursday Morning Jogger" starts off with a nice slow bass line and features some nice jazzy guitar over swirling electronics and voices, "Twilight" is another slower number with some more excellent guitar work and "Logging on" speeds things up (literally) and has more Gilmour style tasteful guitar before the vocals come in. "Randy and the Gogzies" features a dreamy guitar refrain played underneath bizarre spoken lyrics about Super Morphing Tractors and remote control diskette scanning machines.

A solid 3 star album, the only thing preventing the fourth star is the fact that some of the more electronic tracks are not to my personal taste, but this shouldn't prevent anyone else from checking this out.

chopper | 3/5 |


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