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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.02 | 484 ratings

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4 stars "This one's dedicated to Walt Disney..."

Despite being labelled on this site as a 2010 release The Octopus wasn't actually commercially available until early 2011.

The Good: This is the third studio album from the Manchester band but having heard of them I didn't really know what to expect. There are 16 tracks here, spread equally across two discs and with most clocking in at well over five minutes it is definitely a lot to digest! But like a seven course meal of the highest quality it can bring almost infinite pleasure if consumed in moderation. Full of kicking riffs and spacey soundscapes the style reminds me of both Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd, but it is far from derivative. Each song is carefully crafted and I am surprised at how engaging some of the longer pieces are despite minimal variation, a true sign of masterful song writing. I'm not going to go through the album in detail as I'll let you explore it yourself, but if I had to pick my favourite songs it would be The Runner and The Wave from disc one, and Interstellar and Forever and More from disc two.

The Bad: Somewhat ironically its only shortcoming is its length.

The Verdict: A surprise package that I highly recommend opening.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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