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Ozric Tentacles


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 182 ratings

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3 stars On their 7th full length CD release, Ozric Tentacles do not venture much outside their known and worn-out path, but it's still a recommended album because it integrates their techno and space-rock leanings much better then any of the preceding albums had.

Spyroid is a brilliant spiralling progressive electronic piece, it's reminiscent of Vangelis' Spiral so the title can't be a coincidence. Oolite Groove is less remarkable, it's a fairly predictable Ozrics piece with psyched rhythm guitars and layers of thick space-drill, composed of synths, sampled flutes, guitar effects. Nice sound but fairly anonymous composition. With Afroclonk the band grows a new sonic tentacle, the African beats give it a nice Caribbean party vibe, and they develop the theme nicely into a full-blown techno attack halfway in.

Curious Corn is one of the most spacey tracks on the album, with lots of snake-charming Middle-Eastern melodies and the known upbeat Ozric pace. Again it doesn't grow beyond merely good but it will sure please fans. Oddentity finds them in one of their reggae moods. They came up with a very memorable lead guitar/synth interplay and a simply irresistible groove. Excellent track. Also Papyrus is graced with catchy leads and inspired playing. Meander returns to twirling Vangelis sequences before it changes into a laid back beat with fine soloing.

Curious Corn is an album with plenty of good songwriting and some brilliantly executed space grooves. There's one or two less engaging tracks but if you want to expand you Ozric discography with another title next to Erpland and Jurassic Shift then this one is sure recommended. Very good. 3.5 stars

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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