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SLIDING GLIDING WORLDS

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.51 | 76 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Question: what is most similar to an "Ozric Tentacles" album? Response: another "Ozric Tentacles" one!

This is now the fourth of their pre-label career (if you exclude the "Live Ethereal Cereal") and to be honest, there is nothing new here. Well, maybe the sound quality is a little better and there seems to be some more cohesion in the song writing.

Still, the reggae-oriented mood that is present on each of their earlier releases (at one point or another of them) is again repeated. I wonder why they had this "brilliant" idea to combine reggae with space- rock. Totally useless IMO ("Yaboop Yaboop", "The Dusty Pouch").

"Sliding Gliding Worlds" is another long recording which doesn't offer lots of variety. Some fine guitar ("Soda Water") but mostly repetitive music. You can play all their prior releases so far randomly, without noticing much difference.

My fave and upbeat track on this recording is "Guzzard": it features a wild beat with very powerful guitar (but it only last for two minutes). "Kick Muck" is another good one, with some Oriental flavours that are welcome to break the boring mood.

Still, the band should be granted for their long and continuous belief in their music. For a long time, they were obliged to produce their own music in the form of self-recorded and distributed cassettes before they finally signed a deal with a record company. But it doesn't make their music better.

Some fine and atmospheric tunes, like "Sliding And Gliding" or "It's A Hup Ho World" even if the latter sounds almost as coming out of a soundtrack and indeed the OK "Atmospheric Underslunky".

"Fetch Me The Pongmaster" might be alright but it is hardly a moving piece either. Repetitive for almost over six minutes if you would exclude the fine guitar break towards the end.

Some ethnical flavours with "Mae Hong Song" (which is a city located in Northern Thailand). It's fine when you're there but that's it. Some Indian chants during the reggae-ish (again) "White Rhino Tea" won't be more convincing, I'm afraid. Just like the jungle closing track.

Actually, this might well be the more interesting OT's work so far. Five out of ten, but I can hardly consider this as a good album. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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