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REMEMBER THE FUTURE

Nektar

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.91 | 473 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars Nektar look to Duran Duran for concept, shock!

Nektar's fourth album finds them continuing to make decent music, while refining and clarifying their chosen direction. Consisting of just 2 tracks one on each side of the LP "Remember the future" is, perhaps predictably, a concept album. The concept is based around the experiences of a blue alien "Bluebird", and his encounters with a young blind boy. There are shades of the classic Jane Fonda film "Barbarella" (Duran Duran was the blind angel who took her under his wing), and a take people as you find them message.

While the tracks are long, the music is reasonably commercial, with pop like harmonies and often simple melodies. The repeating refrain of the title is very pop oriented. There are distinct similarities with the classic albums of the MOODY BLUES especially in the vocals. Instrumentally, the album follows the pattern of other Nektar albums, with spacy themes and psychedelic passages intermixing with more orthodox guitar and keyboard sections.

Part 2 begins with a light West Coast pop feel to the vocals. There is a striking similarity to HOME's excellent "The alchemist" album in the music, the guitar and harmonies being very reminiscent of that fine band. While the album stands well as a complete piece, part 2 comes across as the stronger in terms of structure and composition.

In all, another superb offering from Nektar, which once again begs the question, why did they never receive the recognition they unquestionably warranted.

The album is rather brief, especially part one which runs to a mere 16 minutes. Incidentally, the various sub-section titles were presumably added later, as there is no mention of them on the LP or its sleeve.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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