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The Carpet Knights


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 29 ratings

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4 stars This sophomore effort from Swedish outfit The Carpet Knights is a pretty curious affair, where the expression neither fish nor fowl most certainly applies.

Blending light stoner rock with slightly pretentious folk rock akin to Jethro Tull is a curious state of affairs in itself, but when more or less liberally adding psychedelic trait to the compositions as well we're dealing with a fairly eclectic end result, and one that balances on a very thin dividing border between the successful and the ones that aren't really up to scratch. Eclectic music can be that way, that the variety of the the styles used leads to an end result where the different expressions balance each other out rather than enhance the overall experience.

Personally I found the opening number on this CD to be the least eclectic and most successful, a brilliant number with quite a lot of Jethro Tull spirit. And the entire second half of the album works pretty well too, on these tracks the psychedelic embellishments are given more space and for me at leas this lead to generally more intriguing listening too. The compositions in between those left me lukewarm though, smelling fowl and tasting fish - or vice versa.

Still, a good album overall, with close to 40 minutes of strong material and a brilliant album opener amongst them.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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