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Birth Control


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3.80 | 157 ratings

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3 stars Extremely weird cover for this album. Remember, this album was released ages ago (1972) and it was not current at that time to have this type of design on the cover sleeve of an album. But the band has always had some sort of protest attitude. This one is a very example of their anti-conformist style.

Some songs from this album are inspired by blues ("Buy!) and jazz ("Get Dow To Your Fate"). I would lie if I tell you that I am thrilled with these two songs.

In between, comes the great "Suicide" which is where "Hoodo Man" really starts IMO. A great and powerful rock song in all its heavy splendour. One gets the hypnotic and splendid keyboards. It is really what the music of "Birth Control" is all about : sumptuous keys attacks and a sustained rhythm throughout their numbers. Why bother with other musical style if you excel in what your fans are waiting for?

The longest piece of this album is a guitar oriented extravaganza. "Gamma Ray" : a long psychedelic but wild "trip". A solid and nervous beat all the way. Traditional fans won't be deceived and casual ones might well be interested in this type of music. Of course, you need to be in some kind of "Uriah Heep" mood to fully appreciate it. But that's not a problem for me.

Another great track is "Hoodoo Man". Wiiiiiiiiild, heavy, but it holds many facets. Great church organ, very much of some Wakeman parts. The highlight from this album.

Three stars (just forget about the last and short "Kaulstoss".

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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