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THE HIDDEN STEP

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.93 | 147 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars It is a euphemism to say that most Ozric Tentacles are all of the same vein. There were hardly great musical experiences or discovery throughout their many albums. At least this is how I feel.

Now, About these Hidden Steps.

I have to admit that the band incorporated some new sounds in here. Don't worry about the repetitiveness: you'll still get it. On top of this, the band is investigating on several tracks some dreadful house beats which are rather out of place IMO.

It might be OK if they would have limit this experience to Holohedron, but apparently they hadn't enough of this musical genre which I can't stand at all. The worse being experienced during the uninspired title track. The listener will get some breathe with Ashlandi Bol and its Oriental sound, but the core beat is still house oriented.

The first good track of this album is the cool Aramanu. Again these fine Oriental textures are featured and the whole track sounds quite hypnotic. Six good minutes of music, finally!

Fortunately, the following Pixel Dream is a more traditional and spacey OT song. The beat has nicely caught up and there is a great guitar work from Ed during this song. It is by far my favourite of this album.

The long Tight Spin is a mix of techno and more conventional space music. While the latter is easily digested, I have to say that the former is hard to swallow. Ozric Tentacles had the good idea to close this album with another good song in the form of Ta Khut. Again these Oriental influences which can be heard on several of their albums and which are usually the best tracks. It is again almost the case.

Half of this album is good and half is pretty much insignificant. Two stars is the bill.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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