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Agitation Free



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Neil C
4 stars The notable difference between this album ('2nd') and its predecessor ('Malesch') is that here the band has largely dispensed with the overtly ethnic component of its sound - this may be preferable to some listeners and a problem for others. Like 'Malesch' this is a very mellow, feel good slice of space rock. It is extremely well recorded and produced - one could call it authentic Space Rock Ear Candy. Compared to it's predecessor the electric guitar is much more to the fore throughout this album - the playing is extremely tasty and generally bluesy. The band interplay is formidable. There are (sometimes jarring) electronic sound experiments scattered throughout but they are, at the least, interesting and certainly do not outstay their welcome. As on 'Malesch' the emphasis is on atmosphere and mellow groove - however, unlike 'Malesch', certain tracks here, like 'Laila 2' and 'In the Silence of the Morning Sunrise', actually have memorable melodic hooks - this is a welcome development. The chilling final track 'Haunted Island' (the only track with (strange processed) vocals) is particularly satisfying. Yes, I personally enjoy this second album just as much as the debut so have no hesitation giving it a very comfortable 4 stars.
Neil C | 4/5 |


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