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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Laminated Denim album cover
3.85 | 62 ratings | 5 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Land Before Timeland (15:00)
2. Hypertension (15:00)

Total Time 30:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Stu Mackenzie / vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, synthesizer (1), bass (2), flute (2)
- Ambrose Kenny-Smith / keyboards, percussion, vocals, harmonica (1)
- Michael Cavanagh / drums & percussion
- Cook Craig / guitar, bass (1)
- Joey Walker / guitar, bass, synthesizer
- Lucas Harwood / keyboards (1)

Releases information

Recorded by: Stu Mackenzie
Mixed by: Stu Mackenzie
Mastered by: Joe Carra
Produced by: Stu Mackenzie
Words by: Stu Mackenzie
Artwork, Photography by: Jason Galea
Released: October 12, 2022
Format: Vinyl, Digital

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Laminated Denim ratings distribution

(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD Laminated Denim reviews

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Review by Dapper~Blueberries
5 stars Who can complain about more King Gizz in their lives? A band with such a consistently good discography with works of all varieties. They never leave me bored, and they haven't now. This is their 2nd studio release this month after their mouthful of a record Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms, And Lava. In this album, we get a sequel to their once vinyl exclusive I.D.M. album, Made In Timeland, a 30-minute album with two 15-minute songs. Much like that album, we have a 30-minute record with two 15-minute songs, however, they continue their more jammy sound from Omnium Gatherum (specifically in The Dripping Tap) and Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms, And Lava, combing their psychedelic progressive rock sound, with a bit of a space rock or krautrock tint to their lense. Believe it or not, this is one of the strongest and most masterfully done Gizzard records I have heard so far in their career, strangely enough.

The first of only two songs, The Land Before Timeland, introduce you into this world the band has made up and takes you on a tour through lush guitars, harmonies, drummings, and melodies that wrap you around this rather calm yet still jammy song. What I love most about this is that even with the calm demeanor you can still feel the rising action. As the song progresses things get faster, more chords are introduced, and this jovial sense of wonder gets refined more and more. It doesn't blow down the doors at the end, but there is a clear sense of movement and change within the music. I just adore the mood this song has. It is so fun and bouncy that it just makes me get into a good mood. This applies to most King Gizzard songs but here is how they capture it and let it ride and rise through this 15-minute jam makes me, in my mind, clap with joy. This is an aspect that I dig with the original Made In Timeland album and while things felt within the same song, you can tell things changed despite the consistency. Here they also do that but even better. It doesn't even feel like 15 minutes, it is like taking a nice long shower and getting out as if time hadn't passed at all. It is almost spooky how a good long song does that. What a song, and it isn't even the only one.

With the rising action of The Land Before Timeland, we jump into Hypertension, which is also fantastic. Here you can fear their energy just pouring, but still retaining the beauty and happiness the last song portrayed. I love King Gizzard due to how no matter what genre they twist and turn to they will always keep the mood up consistently. Never once in their discography, from their garage rock era to their brief ventures in synthpop did I feel their vibes and energy lose their weight. I think here they are capturing that energy into a photograph and stapling it in their photo album because I can just feel it all with this song. Fast-moving guitars, unique drum patterns, eccentric vocals, extremely satisfying bass patterns, and even some keyboards were added in for good measure. Every aspect here plays a role, and the roles they play are so well done that the band can play a game of chess blindfolded and still win. They are just that well performed. That ending too of those choir singing-like synths just raises the bar further and further until it falls apart and we get back into the fun-filled jams until that also falls apart with an immediate release of tension that builds up throughout the record. I'd say that is a great way to end this boisterous record.

Funny how one of the shortest King Gizzard albums turns out to be one of, if not the best albums they have put out. Just two songs and it's already one of my favorite albums of this year. It is such a fun listen that does not take very long in establishing itself in my brain. It is fast, jovial, and some of the best works the band has put out in this month, if not in this year, if not in their entire careers. I recommend listening to this. Grab a pair of headphones and just let the music wash you away with those groovy grooves and those beautiful arrangements.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The Australian psychedelic jam band whose mission, as they seem to have taken upon themselves, is to spread joy and cheer across the globe has graced us with five studio albums in 2022. Thank the Universe for King Giz! Long live the King!

1. "The Land Before Timeland" (15:00) a jam that sounds like Daevid Allen & Company playing over the CAN rhythm section contains a bit too simplified, drawn out themes and riffs for my enjoyment. In fact, I find the presence of the harmonica and high-pitched rhythm guitar chords actually annoy me. It's not until the final synth-drenched two minutes of READIOHEAD-like sound that I find myself interested and engaged. (25/30)

2. "Hypertension" (15:00) from the beginning this one is very different from the album's opener: with a very Afro-pop rhythmic base (deep bass, syncopated drumming, rhythm and lead guitars going idiosyncratically at the same time), in short, there's just a lot wider range of information coming into the listener throughout every bar of this song than the previous nearly-one-dimensional song. The lead guitar solo in the fourth minute threatens to drive the song into monotony but then he spreads his wings and the rest of the band is then able to return to their funkier explorations within the wide parameters allowed by the original groove. We return to the choral-vocal at the 5-minute mark while the band temporarily pulls back, leaving a more spacious soundscape over which the singers can have our fullest attention, but, by the end of the sixth minute, we're back to the multiple tracks of individuality noodling their way around in their happy-go-lucky way while creating a fairly perfect weave. In the eighth minute everybody finds themselves synching up in a fairly "stuck" pattern for a bit--which gives perspective to the individuals' relative freedom the rest of the song. Though the drums have become fairly metronomic by the end of the eighth minute, the basses continue to fly around their fretboards with relative ease and freedom, which is nice, while everybody else seems to have fun picking up any and every sound and instrument they whimsically desire to try. The eleventh minute feels similar to some recent MOTORPSYCHO guitar-centric jams while the joyfulness of the second half of the twelfth reminds me of something PARLIAMENT or CAMEO might have done and the thirteenth has some Edge-y U2-ishness, while the fourteenth seems to go the way of XTC and SEVEN IMPALE before coming back to the flute and choral vocals for the end. So much fun and exuberance! A early flawless epic jam. (29.5/30)

Total Time 30:00

A-/4.5 stars; two excellent prog jams that, together, don't quite account for a full album of music; thus, rated down for brevity.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Consisting of a pair of 15-minute tracks, Laminated Denim is The Gizz's second album of October 2022 and their fourth of the year overall. "The Land Before Timeland" is archetypal KGLW with sunshiney vocals, jazzy, jammy guitars, and that distinctive honking harmonica. Some of the jamming is nice, b ... (read more)

Report this review (#2904597) | Posted by TheEliteExtremophile | Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Review Permanlink

4 stars King Gizzard's style gets cleaner and tighter with every album they release, and Laminated Denim has certainly not been a departure from this trend. This album sounds like they were riding the jam waves from their last release IDPLML, but now added some core elements from Polygondwanaland. -T ... (read more)

Report this review (#2845451) | Posted by TheSexyToad | Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Review Permanlink

3 stars With a band so prolific as King Gizz, it's very difficult to see the forest through the trees. They have made many gems. and on top of that, they made nice albums that are non-essential for the casual listener. This album, the second one released in October 2022, is such a non-essential listen. ... (read more)

Report this review (#2845372) | Posted by WJA-K | Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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