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3.61 | 65 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Ozzylot (Hidden in a Girl) (4:30)
2. Riding the Tiger (5:25)
3. Whole Lotta Diana (8:57)
4. Cornucopia (...or Satan, uh... Something) (6:24)
5. Mr. Victim (4:17)
6. The Waiting Game (4:57)
7. Child of the Future (5:00)

Total Time: 39:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Bent Sæther / vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards, producer
- Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan / guitars, vocals, keyboards
- Kenneth Kapstad / drums

- Lars Lien / piano (4), mixing

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Kim Hiorthøy

LP Rune Grammofon RLP2088 (2009 Norway)
LP Stickman Records Psychobabble064 (2009 Germany)

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MOTORPSYCHO Child Of The Future ratings distribution

(65 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
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Collectors/fans only (10%)
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MOTORPSYCHO Child Of The Future reviews

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Review by Starhammer
3 stars Planting seeds...

Child of the Future is the 13th studio album from Norwegian three man outfit Motorpsycho and was released to celebrate their 20th anniversary. It's raw and unrefined, full of pounding basslines and frenetic drumming. When considered as a standalone rock n' roll album + extras it just about makes the grade with some good songs. But in the context of the rest of the Motorpsycho back catalogue it really doesn't stand out at all. That's not to say it's particularly bad, but if I decide to listen a Motorpyscho album, Child of the Future is always way down my list.

Key moments include Whole Lotta Diana, Cornucopia (...Or Satan, Uh... Something) and the anthemic title track.

The Verdict: Three stars, but only just.

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars Child of the Future is Motorpsycho's 13 full length studio album. It is also one of their shorter albums at just over 37 minutes. It was released as a celebration of the bands 20th anniversary and was only released on vinyl. It has a somewhat rough edge to the production almost giving it a live feeling. The mixing is done so as to not let anything stand out above anything else and this works to the album's benefit in some aspects, but works against it in others.

Some of the tracks have a definite psychedelic and space rock style which is helped along by the fuzzy production and flat mixing sound like in the tracks "Riding the Tiger" and the multi-tempo track "Whole Lotta Diana", which actually makes the track very 70s like (as the layered vocals of Jefferson Airplane or the instrumental jamming of Hawkwind). In this manner, these songs sound more loyal to the old space rock and krautrock styles. In other places, you get that cleaner hard rock sound as in "The Ozzylot (Hidden in a Girl)", the vulnerability of the more mellow and psych-acoustic "The Waiting Game" or the complexity of "Mr. Victim".

Another standout is "Cornucopia ( . . . Or Satan, Uh . . . Something)" which leans toward a complex progressive piece along the lines of a Heavy Prog track with some really awesome bass, piano and vocal stylings. You would almost swear you were listening to some early pre-"Joker" Steve Miller Band with the "rough around the edges" feel.

I'm not really sure why this album has only received a few reviews that gave it only an average rating. It may have something to do with the album's availability. I find the album unique and interesting, the songs are much more interesting than on some of their more alternative sounding albums. I especially love the rough sound of this album, almost like it was recorded more off- the-cuff than some of their slicker recordings. It gives the album that authentic space rock and psychedelic feel overall. I understand that this rough sound isn't for everyone, but I think any pure psych/space rock aficionado would love the sound of this album. No, it's not the band's best, but it is definitely better than average, so I give it 4 stars and consider it another one of Motorpsycho's successes.

Review by Dapper~Blueberries
4 stars With Motorpsycho's 13th studio album, and to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, the group would make an album that'd be a lot more celebratory for their psych and alt rock roots of Timothy's Monster through It's A Love Cult. This resulted in the creation of Child Of The Future.

If there is one thing that stands out from this album, it is the highly appealing psychedelic and space rock structure that the band has mastered through their 20 years of rocking out. This, to me, is one of the album's best regards as each track has this very fun, Hawkwind type feeling that never quite gets boring. It is a wild and crazy experience in of itself, being very much in-line to their more grunge type works, whilst also showcasing more neo- psychedelic influxes that I savor instantly.

I also really like how the band sometimes goes extra hard, sometimes dipping into metal territories with wild drum movements and powerful guitars that get my blood pumping. If there is a possible album that could be classified as psych metal, this would be one of them as this pumps the breaks and creates for an absolutely insane experience.

The more I get into this album, the more I end up liking it, though, there are some things that I am not the hugest fan of.

For one, it is a vinyl only release. The only way I could hear it was through youtube, which honestly sucks since that means there were annoying ads in-between the tracks, which kind of soured my taste. I feel like the album should've been released digitally or on other mediums because, while I like records and the act of collecting them, most of my music I hear is digital, and it sucks that I have to resort to other, less optimal sources just to hear it.

Not only that, but I feel like the production and mixing is kind of muddy. It seems a bit more monotonous then other releases, and there seems to be some grit in the sounds that is a bit annoying to get through. This album is kind of like a swamp in that regard. You may see some cool crocodiles and frogs, but it is still a bit murky to get through and walk in. Even though all of these songs are excellent, I just think the production doesn't allow them to truly shine.

This album definitely needs some polishing up, but even then I find it to be another pleasant experience from the band. They certainly mastered a style and feeling in some regards, and each time they manage to still sweep me off my feet. Child Of The Future is another banger from my favorite Norwegian contemporary group.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Hate to be not the one to add anything new, but I completely agree with the other review of Motorpsycho's Child of the Future posted here. This is a collection of wild, raw (it deliberately sounds as a live album on an old magnetic tape), improv-heavy rock'n'roll tunes. Led Zeppelin on acid AND ... (read more)

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