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Nektar - Recycled CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.79 | 293 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "...natural supplies once lapse into eerie silence..."

And so Nektar entered their peak of maturiry with Recycled, possibly the concept epithome of all the industrial era, its problems and opportunities. The sound alternates in fact some cold and mechanics interludes and noises with warmer and summery tunes. This two tendencies are so evident in such tracks as "Cybernetic Conspumption" + "Automation Horroscope", absolutely pieces of art and "Sao Paulo Sunrise" + "Costa del Sol" (spanish for sun coast).

The band manages to builded up a convincing concept opus, well thought and played with "scientific" precision. The most evident difference with their other big success Remember the Future are the more elaborated instrumental parts and the sense of falling headlong from the beginning to the end, without even perceive the 37 minutes of running time.

As usual for the band, keyboards are omnipresent and varied but never in the front line. It's not certainly space rock a la Pink Floyd or Hawkwind. Nektar owe their formation and musical "mentality" to the german scene of the seventies. The band formed in Hambourg in 1969 and rapidly established themselves as a great live ttraction. I don't know very well the german scene of that period neither the so called "Krautrock" experience, despite some bands as Eloy and Amon Duul II, so I could not say and recognize their roots and influences.

Oh, I it cannot be forgotten that Nektar was also a major attraction in USA, since they sill haven't even toured that country.

The correct evaluation is near the five stars (4.5). Still nowadays I'm not able to understand if this album deserves a full five stars treatment or not...

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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