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The Secret Machines


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.07 | 25 ratings

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3 stars Have you notice that The Secret Machines are in progarchives?

When i noticed that, honestly i got surprised, but in the same time im glad of it, surprised because honestly i think The Secret Machines could be only another US band of the new wave of experimental/mainstream bands, and glad because i like them (in fact i only know this album), so that was my feeling , maybe some of you are not agree with it`s inclusion, or maybe you will say why are they here and not X band or something, not completely a prog band, but with hints of. I think they have a particular sound, i have noticed that bands like Pink Floyd, also David Bowie are some of their influences.

I have to confess something, i went to a U2 concert, and TSM opened it,i really enjoyed it, despite people didn`t want them, and after concert i heard bad comments, i was pleased with their half an hour of music.

So now after that little introduction, here is the review of this album called "Now Here is Nowhere".

"First Wave Intact" is the first and until now my favorite song, first of all because it was the first song that i knew of them, second because i saw it`s performance in that concert, i loved it, and third , when i listen to the album i still enjoying it a lot, that`s a long song with a repetitive sound, maybe you will hate that drums, but during the song you will hear clear sound and spacial effects which make it better, great guitars.

"Sad and Lonely" has a particular sound of all thta rock/experimental/mainstream/alternative rock bands, not bad at all, but not the best, maybe a weak point of the album because it follows that first great song, but not with the same originality, it has again good effects, but nothing more.

"The Leaves are Gone" is a great song, calmed and with a soft sound,we can notice a "peaceful" voice during the song, not completely a lullaby, but kind of, all the time the song has that slow tempo sound, if you dont likee the first songs, maybe you will sleep with this, but IMO is a nice song.

"Nowhere Again" is i think the most well knon song, i have heard it also in local radio stations, so you might say it is the poppiest or something, and could be, but i like it, nothing new to show, good guitars the same tune all the song, backing vocals something, again guitar making some noises, good, but as i said, nothing new, this is the classic song that you will sing.

"The Road Leads Where It`s Lead" is just another song, maybe if you like alternative rock you will remember a bit of Smashing Pumpkins and Billy`s voice, the nice thing here are again that sound effects.

"Pharao`s Daughter" has a pretty similar rythm and sound, maybe is softer, and slower, but in the chorus you will find an almost same sound, i like it, but again, nothing new to show us.

"You Are Chains" is a beaufitul song!, i like it so much, the melancoholic mood and sound envolved me every time i listen to it, musically i think it`s not the best, but of course it is one of my favorites here,also it reminds me again to Pumpkins and The Smiths in it`s melancoholic passages, but also it changes to a louder and more powerful suddenly, again with some effects who could be described as spacial.

"Light`s On" is the shortest song here, something like a prelude to the last song, again repetitive and with similar style.

"Now Here is Nowhere" , one thing that i like of the album is that the first and the last song are the largest of the album, this song is like a repries of the fourth song, but larger and with some good changes and experimentation, here is when the album finishes.

After all, i can say that i like this album, talking about progressive rock, it`s impossible to give it 5 stars, because it has only few passages that you could consider as prog, in some ways is repetitive, but the repetition makes it enjoyable, for all that reason and figuring it`s pros and cons, i will give it 3 stars, because it`s good, but non-essential.

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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