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THERE IS NOTHING

Ozric Tentacles

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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5 stars Without a doubt, my favorite early OZRIC album, this was their final album to feature Tig (Nick van Gelder) who later spent a short time with Jamiroquai (although not on the album that featured that hit with the dorky video, "Virtual Insanity"). This is truly OZRICS on their way to more great things to come. The album opens up with "The Sacred Turf", an intense jam that the band often finds themselves doing on many of their albums, this is pretty typical OZRICS. You have an original of "O-I" which was later re-recorded for "Pungent Effulgent". Sticks pretty much the same, with a different solo. "Jabular" is one of their more techno-like pieces, but I mean more in an '80s fashion, not '90s, like often heard on the albums they did when Rad and Seaweed were in the band (like Curious Corn, Waterfall Cities, and The Hidden Step). "Staring at the Moon" is one of the three reggae type pieces found on this album. "Lull Your Skull" is an interesting one, with some great synth work, and Roly giving us an odd combination of fretless and slap-bass work. As a matter of fact, I feel Roly gives us his best bass work here, showing his abilities on fretless, as well as the standard bass using the slap-bass technique, something he didn't seem to do on other albums. "Crap Nebula" and "Kola B'Pep", once again, are more reggae pieces, while "Thrashing Breath Texture" is a more thrashing piece. Not all the pieces on this album work. For example, the original version of "The Eternal Wheel". It was vastly improved on "Erpland" with actual guitars and drums, this one is little more than a drum machine experiment that seems to little for me, and it's almost completely unrecognizable. The album closes with the wonderful title track, a cool ambient experiment with ethnic influences (and despite the ethnic influences, just to let you know that John hadn't even joined the band yet). With the exception of "The Eternal Wheel", another great OZRIC albums, in my book.

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Posted Thursday, May 06, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars I just recently was able to get a copy and I have to say that this is definitely one of the best Ozric cds I've heard from the tape era (aside from Sliding Gliding Worlds). This on is a bit more up beat but also incredibly easy to get into. Really a very interesting, exciting and really gripping cd from the Ozrics. One that no fan should go without, none of the material is bad in any way.

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Posted Monday, May 17, 2004 | Review Permalink
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4 stars If you like Steve Hillage, early Hawkwind, and the likes, you are absolutely going to love this album. Go on, just go and buy it, you will enjoy.

I have been seeing this band play live for almost 20 years now, and have owned 'There is Nothing' on tape (as it only used to be sold at their gigs) since 1988. The music on this album still sounds both very exciting and highly intoxicating. What more can I say .......... oh yeah .......

This album is very representative of the bands earlier years and influences, and is an absolute MUST for any Ozrics' fan.

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Posted Monday, January 03, 2005 | Review Permalink
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2 stars As their first two releases, this one is available as a dual CD release comprising of this recording as well as their next "Live Ethereal Cereal". In terms of "music" I'm afraid that little has changed when compared to their prior two works.

Same sort of improvised stuff, little to no feeling overall: this is what is mostly experienced during this extensive album. Originally recorded for limited distribution (and one soon knows why), this work is just a boring trip into some "Ozric" extravaganza.

This is just a weak approach to space-rock IMHHO. Just a recording of some chaps having fun and recording these momens. Where they playing real "music"? The same old poor reggae sounds featured in their two previous releases are present here as well: "Staring at the Moon", "Crab Nebula" and Kola B'pep are really worthless and are just fillers. Do press next, please.

This album is a bloody long (over sixty minutes) and it is just a confirmation of their two previous albums: tasteless and passionless bunch of songs. I wonder why I rate this with two stars. "There Is Nothing" is such a great and describing title. There is really nothing in here.

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