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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I'm a big fan of this band but I must admit that apart from this 2007 release I only own their first five albums the last of which was released in 1977. So yes we're talking 30 years between that disc and this one. They have been putting out records in between, I just felt that "Wiederhoren" from 1977 was not nearly as good as the first four albums so I didn't bother to check out their later recordings. So imagine my surprise when I listened to this record for the first time. I think i'll remember that for a long time actually as I sat there with my mouth hanging open. By the way the album cover is too cute.The music is of course different from the early years.There is no sax here and this is much more modern sounding, but it's also very laid back and dreamy much of the time. I just love how this record sounds really.

"Come Back" opens with vocals, bass and drums and is relaxed. We do get outbursts at times and I like the synths 1 1/2 minutes in. "Silver Buildings" is one of my favourite for sure.The first time I heard it it was like a revelation. It's so uplifting and I really like the guitar tone. If I had an I- Pod this would be on it (haha). I can't say enough or explain how it makes me feel. "Dakkar" kicks in quickly and check out Hattler on bass.The man is a genius people. I like when it picks up with keyboards. A very cool sounding instrumental. "Miracle Days" is a lazy, feel good tune with vocals.

"Luft Und Liebe" is brighter and more upbeat, at least to start. It settles in as contrasts continue. Some good sounding guitar and bass here. "Psychedelic Man" opens with some excellent bass and drumming. Vocals join in. A calm late to end it. "Inner Circle" is a top three no doubt. It's dreamy and oh so amazing.The guitar before 3 minutes fits right in. "Disbanned Shake" is surprisingly heavy with distorted guitar as drums pound. It picks up as vocals join in. "Colourcave" has this beat as the guitar comes in beautifully. Another great sounding instrumental. "Alles Gute" is uptempo with some killer bass. "Feierabend" is another feel good, relaxed tune. Synths after 1 1/2 minutes.

I know this isn't for everybody but I just want to thank the band for still making incredible music after all these years.There's a bonus DVD as well of a 2005 concert that will blow your circuits. I'm glad I got this when it first came out because it's a pricey recording right now.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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