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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.08 | 569 ratings

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4 stars It sounds like everything Nektar ever wanted to be came to fruition on REMEMBER THE FUTURE. This album is at worst the blueprint to FUTURE, but TAB IN THE OCEAN can at least stand on its own.

The excellent half of the album is actually the second side. The blistering hard rock of ''Cryin' in the Dark'' and ''King of Twilight'' is up there with the best of them. They envy REO Speedwagon in terms of sound, but strike that headbanging lobe in the right spot with a dash of their prime psychedelic tone. Add that to the smoother psych/blues/jazz of ''Desolation Valley'' and the world's most interesting void in ''Waves'' (recent CD remasters merge those two tracks), and the end result is psych rock nearing excellence.

Unfortunately, the epic could have used some working the kinks out. While the riffs are dynamite (particularly the opening march), the singing is dramatically there and the psych is proper, the connecting/flow is poor. It's a bunch of cool psych riffs ruined by haphazard cutting and pasting. I could crab that more streamlined jams needed to come out of these sessions, but then Nektar dropped SOUNDS LIKE THIS on the world, an album with some of the poorest jam sessions I've ever heard.

If you want Nektar to sound more prog, TAB IN THE OCEAN is right for you. However, REMEMBER THE FUTURE is where one should start discovering Nektar.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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