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The Legendary Pink Dots


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.77 | 24 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. On the back cover it says "Recorded at Chez Niels and Pascale under a blazing sun by a dirty river." This is one of my favourite LPD albums released in 1995 and this one is a little different. Even the title of the album doesn't sound like a title they would use given all the album titles before it. And the music? Well first spin of song one had me scrambling for the cd case thinking I put in the wrong band. Nope! The sax and flute are more prominent but it was that warm sound and Edward singing these wordless melodies, stuff I hadn't heard from them before that had me scratching my head but thoroughly enjoying it at the same time. I understand there was some battles during these sessions among the band members so it would be interesting to know how that process went. Lots of variety as usual as they mix the experimental stuff with psychedelic tunes. This one just hits the spot. So much so that I have a top five to focus on.

The opener "Clockwise" that I've already commented on with that warm sound and those vocal melodies plus we get sax and plenty of atmosphere. A beautiful track. "Citadel" opens with what sounds like someone walking as percussion joins in along with synths and experimental sounds. Laid back vocals before a minute along with piano. It gets a little crazy around 5 1/2 minutes. "Velvet Resurrection" opens with this gorgeous atmosphere that expands and retracts. Sequencers kick in, percussion too. Drums after a minutes as we get this amazing sound. Edward then speaks his beliefs beginning each sentence with "I want to believe...".

"This One-Eyed Man Is King" opens with an interesting soundscape of atmosphere and more. Synths and a horn can be heard then it settles with vocals before 1 1/2 minutes almost whispering. Tempo picks up and man check out the vocals as he screams out those lyrics. Great track! Last top five is "Straight On 'Til Morning" the longest at over 8 1/2 minutes. The previous song I just commented on blends into this one as atmosphere continues. Powerful stuff and we can hear vocal outbursts that will come and go throughout along with percussion. Just a cool sounding tune. This one gets dark and haunting in fact this track is a slice of beautiful psychedelia.

A very consistent album for my tastes and again this band's body of work in the 90's is very impressive.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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