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SPACE SHANTY

Khan

 

Canterbury Scene

4.28 | 447 ratings

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IneitaBongtoke
5 stars I haven't stopped listening to this album everyday since i discovered it through this website. In fact, I wish to extend my gratitude to this website for making music like this accessible to the public.

I must admit I'm a little biased towards Steve Hillage. Something about his hippie-esque sound/lyrics with the roaring passion of his guitar solos sets me off. And I personally find this album to be the best of his work. The beginning track opens up like any other heavy 70's rock anthem, but quickly travels through several voices that I have yet to hear in much music. Just as you'd expect a simple turn around or a simple I-IV-V progression (basic chord progression) the music takes a turn and just extends the phrase, channeling through Key changes and fantastic resolution. In other words, I love the way this man writes his music. Maybe I don't know exactly what I'm talking about when it comes to the technical aspect of this music, but what I do know is that your ears are treated to a great symphony of beautiful guitars, pianos, and vocals. The sound of this album alternates between heavy, "badass" riffs that reflect the heavy arena rock that was so prevalent at that time; but the music just goes so much further displaying an array of different voices stretching between somber and passionate to eclectic and upbeat. A good example of this is Space Shanty: a strong riff based intro that leads into a very moving keyboard line echoed by the guitar. The Vocals make great additions to the already melodic heavy instrumentals, making every instrument in this ensemble equally important. Not to mention, the cover for this album is just so cool. It's really like a nice cherry on top of a banana split.

I would personally recommend this album to EVERYONE....but if I had to be unbiased about it, anyone who is interested in King Crimson, Yes, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Caravan, or really anything that has strong emphasis on that "70's sound". I can't get enough of it. 10/10

IneitaBongtoke | 5/5 |

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