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CROWN OF CREATION

Jefferson Airplane

 

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3.90 | 129 ratings

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Rune2000
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4 stars Crown Of Creation is Jefferson Airplane's fourth album and a follow-up to the experimental After Bathing at Baxter's.

This album might not be as experimental as its predecessor and some even consider it a stylistically conservative album that marks the return to the familiar sounds of Surrealistic Pillow. Still when listening to the bonus material taken from the era it's clear that the band was still very much in their psychedelic experimental phase. It's just that Jefferson Airplane decided not to show these tendencies on this studio recording. What we got instead was a surprisingly solid release that may not feature as many highlights as the two previous albums but instead offers us a pretty consistent performance from start to the very end.

Instrumentally the sound began to incorporate the electric guitar that might be considered a sign of times but I think that this style really fits Jefferson Airplane more than the acoustic experimental rock featured on After Bathing at Baxter's. The music on Crown Of Creation is the already familiar Jefferson Airplane style with some minor outbursts of experimental rock on Chushingura and the final track The House At Pooneil Corners. The former plays around with a high pitch sound that doesn't really go nowhere, luckily the composition is just over a minute in length and doesn't take away much from the overall flow of the album.

In conclusion it's safe to say that Crown Of Creation is my favorite of the three album streak that Jefferson Airplane began with the release of Surrealistic Pillow. The album might not be pushing the boundaries as much as After Bathing at Baxter's and instead falls somewhere between the two 1967 releases.

***** star songs: Lather (2:57)

**** star songs: In Time (4:12) Triad (4:54) Star Track (3:09) Share A Little Joke (3:07) If You Feel (3:22) Crown Of Creation (2:54) Ice Cream Phoenix (3:00) Greasy Heart (3:26) The House At Pooneil Corners (5:50)

*** star songs: Chushingura (1:18)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |

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